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Monty Chadha held from IGIA in real estate fraud case

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first_imgThe Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police arrested vice-chairman of Wave Group Manpreet Singh Chadha alias Monty from the Indira Gandhi International Airport here on Wednesday night in connection with a real estate fraud case. He was allegedly trying to escape to Phuket in Thailand. He was produced before a magistrate in Saket court on Thursday and sent to 14-day judicial custody.Additional Commissioner of Police Suvashish Chaudhary said Mr. Chadha, the director of Uppal Chadha Hi-Tech Developers Private Limited, was arrested on complaints lodged by 29 investors who claimed to have been cheated by the firm in the name of proposed hi-tech township projects on NH-24, Ghaziabad.Wrongful gainsThe FIR, registered in January 2018, claimed that the developer duped buyers of over ₹100 crore and made wrongful gains by promising hi-tech townships with facilities such as helipad and proximity to metro station.The company launched the project in 2006, but its agents had started approaching the public for booking of plots in their proposed ‘Hi-Tech Township’ — Rosewood Enclave, Sunny Wood Enclave, Lime Wood Enclave and Crestwood Enclave — to be developed in the villages of Kachera, Dujana and Mehrauli on NH-24 in 2005 itself. They showed brochures and layout plans for the proposed township of about 1,500 acres.The possession of the plots was to be given within eight months from the date of allotment letters. The 29 complainants had booked plots in 2005-06 and paid ₹4.5 crore to the developer. In 2009, the developer told the investors that all necessary approvals have been obtained and work will start soon. In 2011, the investors received a demand letter signed by the vice-president of the company but the name of the firm, the township, and the office address had changed and all payments were sought in the name of the new entity — Wave City NH-24, said Mr. Chaudhary.MoU with GDADuring investigation it was found that the U.P. government had announced its ‘Hi-Tech Township policy’ in 2003, inviting real estate firms to develop smart townships with modern facilities in Ghaziabad, and Uppal Chadha Hi-Tech Pvt. Ltd. had entered into an MoU with the Ghaziabad Development Authority in 2005 for developing the project and started taking bookings for plots.However, the site plan was sanctioned only in 2013. Even after a gap of 14 years, the company neither provided plots to all the buyers nor refunded their invested amount.last_img read more

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Assam NRC publishes ‘additional draft exclusion list’ with 1.02 lakh names

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first_imgThe office of the Coordinator for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam on Wednesday published an “additional draft exclusion list” containing the names of 1,02,462 people.This list is different from the one containing the names of the 40.07 lakh people excluded last year from among 3.29 crore applicants.On this additional list are those whose names were included in the draft NRC published on July 30, 2018, but were subsequently found to be ineligible for three reasons.“People found to be declared foreigners or doubtful (D) voters or with cases pending at Foreigners’ Tribunals discovered after publication of the draft NRC are in the additional list. So are their descendants, as applicable,” a State government spokesperson said.The other categories of people in the additional list are those found to be ineligible while appearing as witnesses in hearings held for disposal of claims and objections, and during the process of verification carried out by the local registrars of citizens registration.According to the office of the NRC Coordinator, the additional list was prepared under the provisions contained in Clause 5 of the Schedule of The Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003.“The additional draft exclusion list will not contain the results of claimants and objectees appearing for hearings held for disposal of claims and objections February 15 to June 26. The results of those hearings will be published only in the final NRC to be published on July 31,” an officer handling the NRC exercise said on the condition of anonymity.Officials said hard copies of the additional list would be available at the NRC Seva Kendras and offices of the Deputy Commissioner, Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), and Circle officer for public viewing during office hours. Particulars of this list could also be viewed online at www.nrcassam.nic.in.“Those excluded will also be informed individually through letters to be delivered at their residential addresses along with the reason for exclusion. Each letter will mention the venue of claim submission and hearing. Such persons will have the opportunity to file their claims to be settled through a hearing by a disposing officer,” the officer said.The submission of claim and its disposal through a hearing would take place together. The hearing would start from July 5. All such claims would be disposed of thereafter and the results would be declared in the final NRC, the officer said.last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2018: The English take another step forward in ‘bringing it home’

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first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementEngland sees off Sweden in style as they score 2 goals and concede nil to progress to the Semi-Finals. They will face either of Russia or Croatia on Wednesday evening at Moscow in the Luzhniki Stadium.It really looks like the England fans’ plea of ‘It’s coming home, lads’ is ‘coming’ true this time considering the way England are playing this time. The last time the English won it was back in 1966. Yes, they haven’t faced a tough side till ‘now’ and when they faced they lost to Belgium and both of them had rested their main players.On the strength of Maguire’s first-half head and Alli’s after the break, they are two victories away from clinching the World Cup title. If all goes well in Luzhniki, they will come back 4 days later to the Luzhniki again.Highlights:-Read Also:-FIFA World Cup 2018: Can the Croats advance to the semi-finals by putting an end to the Russian fairy-tale?Interview with Terry Phelanlast_img read more

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Dating is horrible: Chloe Grace Moretz

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first_imgLos Angeles, Apr 24 (PTI) Actress Chloe Grace Moretz, who has been romantically linked to Brooklyn Beckham, says she finds dating “horrible and weird” because so many people have seen her pretend to be in a relationship.The “If I Stay” star admits she dislikes the idea of being in a relationship because people have seen so much of her already through her movies, reported InStyle magazine.”You already know what I look like in a bathing suit. You know what I look like in a sex scene. You know what I look like when I say I love you to someone,” the 19-year-old actress said.”Youve already seen it all… (Being seen with Brooklyn Beckham) creates a mass frenzy and they follow you in separate cars so you cant just run around and share little silly and cute moments,” she said. PTI JCH ASVlast_img read more

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New Zealand to host its first Day-Night Test in March vs England

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first_imgNew Zealand will stage its first day-night cricket Test next March after Auckland City Council approved the use of Eden Park for the match against England, the country’s board said on Monday.The game, the first of a two-match series, will be played from March 22-26, with the second Test in Christchurch from March 30 to April 3.The owners of Eden Park had to seek consent from the council due to restrictions on the number of events held at night at the venue in suburban Auckland.New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Chief Operating Officer Anthony Crummy said in a statement the match would help open up the sport to more people.”NZC has a particular focus on improving access to cricket for everyone,” he said.”Being able to stage the test as a day-nighter is a significant step in the right direction.”This means we can promote cricket in its most modern and vibrant incarnation; we can improve accessibility for new audiences, and we can showcase Eden Park, Auckland and New Zealand to a truly global audience.”New Zealand played the inaugural day-night Test against Australia in Adelaide in November 2015, and after witnessing the success of that match had been hoping to host their own ‘twilight’ fixture.They had originally planned to face South Africa under lights at Seddon Park in Hamilton earlier this year but trials in first-class cricket found the lighting was not strong enough.Twilight Tests have proved successful in Australia, while England’s first day-night Test between the hosts and West Indies earlier this month attracted 70,000 fans over the three days.advertisement”This a very important outcome for test cricket lovers in New Zealand simply because it allows us the opportunity to play the game at a time when more people can engage with it,” Crummy added.”We’re sure it will be a very successful event, and that English and New Zealand fans alike will make the most of the opportunity.”last_img read more

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Hardik Pandya apologises for misogynistic comments on Koffee with Karan: Got carried away

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first_img India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 9, 2019UPDATED: January 9, 2019 14:59 IST Hardik Pandya took to social media to apologise for his comments on the show (Karan Johar Instagram)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya came on the show with teammate and good friend KL RahulIt was the first time Karan Johar had hosted cricketers on his popular celebrity chat showPandya and Rahul are currently gearing up for the ODI series in Australia which will begin from January 12India all-rounder Hardik Pandya is in the eye of the storm after his appearance on the popular show Koffee with Karan on Sunday. Pandya was subjected to social media backlash after he made “misogynistic” and “sexist” remarks on Karan Johar’s celebrity chat show.Hardik Pandya came on the show with teammate and good friend KL Rahul as Karan Johar hosted cricketers on the show for the first time in its six-year history.But it was Pandya’s comments which drew a lot of criticism on social media after he boasted about things like not asking the names of women at parties, sending the same text to multiple women and watching them move on the dance among others.Pandya later took to social media to apologise for his comments and said that he “got a bit carried away” on the show.”After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way.”Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect,” Pandya posted on Twitter.pic.twitter.com/O0UlpFm43ohardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 9, 2019On the show, Hardik Pandya boasted about hooking up with multiple women and even spoke about how open he is with his parents. Hardik Pandya revealed that he even informed his parents that he lost his virginity by telling them, “Aaj mai kar ke aaya.””When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)’. At a party my parents asked me ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)’ and they were like ‘waah proud of you beta’,” Pandya boasted.advertisementThe 25-year-old also said things like, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move,” when Karan Johar asked him why he doesn’t ask women for their names in nightclubs.Rahul then went on to reveal how they both decide on who gets to date a girl when Karan Johar asked them what happens when both of them like a particular person? “Upto the woman,” Rahul replied.But Pandya interrupted and said, “Nahi nahi aisa kuch nahi hai, talent pe hota hai. Jisko mila woh leke jao. It is on talent.”Pandya is currently with the Indian team in Australia where they just registered a historic Test series win, the first in India’s Test history Down Under.Hardik Pandya had joined the team before the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne after recovering from the long-standing back injury which he had suffered during the Asia Cup in UAE last year.HHe didn’t get to play any Tests but was a part of the Test squad which retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after winning the series 2-1, courtesy the victories in the Adelaide and Melbourne Tests.India lost the second Test in Perth while the fourth match ended in a draw due to the poor weather conditions in Sydney which prevented India from pushing for victory in the final Test.Hardik Pandya is now gearing up for the three-match ODI series against Australia which starts in January 12 in Sydney. The focus will then shift to New Zealand where India will play a series of 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is from January 23.Also Read | Kohli better batsman than Tendulkar but Dhoni better captain: Rahul, PandyaAlso Read | Virat Kohli needs to calm down and go on a holiday mode: KL RahulFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow KL RahulFollow Koffee With Karan 6Follow Karan Johar Hardik Pandya apologises for misogynistic comments on Koffee with Karan: Got carried awayHardik Pandya and KL Rahul appeared on the latest episode of Karan Johar’s celebrity chat show Koffee with Karan where the two cricketers opened up about their relationships and partying habits.advertisementlast_img read more

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After war peace Judge says he knew Tolstoy book was classic

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first_imgMumbai: The confusion, it seems, was over Roy and Tolstoy. The Bombay High Court on Thursday said it knew that Leo Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’ was a literary classic and that it didn’t mean to suggest that all the books seized by police in the Elgar Parishad-Koregaon Bhima case were incriminating. The clarification by Justice Sarang Kotwal came a day after he asked accused Vernon Gonsalves to explain why he kept “objectionable material” like a copy of “War and Peace” at his home. Also Read – Ahead of Xi’s visit, China says Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally; drops UN references The counsel for a co-accused told the court that the ‘War and Peace’ that the court had referred to on Wednesday was a collection of essays edited by Biswajit Roy, titled War and Peace in Junglemahal: People, State and Maoists. That book (according to its publishers), is a “collection of essays by well-known activists and academics including mediators and examines the failed peace initiatives in context of the governments’ elitist developmental policies, doublespeak of parliamentary parties and Maoists’ follies.” Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize The judge’s purported remarks had stirred up thousands of reactions on Twitter. The hashtag #WarAndPeace was trending on the social media platform during the day. The court’s comments on Thursday came after the counsel for Gonsalves informed it that none of the books seized from the activist’s residence last year were banned by the government in accordance with CrPC provisions. Justice Kotwal said, “I knew that Tolstoy’s War and Peace was a literary classic.I was reading the whole list from the panchnama attached to the chargesheet. It was written in such poor handwriting. I know War and Peace. And thereI was making a query (on why Gonsalves had copies of these books) but did not want to suggest that everything was incriminating.” The counsel for co-accused Sudha Bahrdwaj, Yug Chaudhary, said that on Wednesday, the court was referring to the book by Roy (and not the one by Tolstoy). The judge then said, “There were so many references to war and other titles. Before I went to ‘War and Peace’, I made a reference to Rajya Daman (another book) too. Can a judge not ask any questions in court?” Gonsalves told the court that he owned 2,000 books and none of these books, including the ones seized from his home by the Pune police, were banned. Gonsalves’ counsel Mihir Desai informed the court that police were in possession of these allegedly incriminating books for a year now but had done nothing about it. “These books that the police call incriminating are not banned under section 95 of the Criminal Procedure Code. In fact, they are all available on (online retailer) Amazon. It is possible that the government did not know about these books until they seized them from me (Gonsalves),” Desai said. “So, having these books will not show that I am in anyway associated with any banned organisation,” he said. The court said Desai had “made his point” on the seizure of these books and CDs by arguing that they were not banned material. The arguments are likely to continue on Friday. On Wednesday, the court had asked Gonsalves, “War and Peace is about war in another country. Why were you keeping these books at your house.” The judge had also referred to a CD titled “Rajya Dhaman Virodhi” and said the title “clearly suggested” it is material against the state. “Why were you keeping this in your house,” he had asked Gonsalves. Tolstoy’s classic novel about Russia during Napoleonic wars became a point of contention during Wednesday’s hearing after the Pune Police probing the case claimed that the book was part of the “highly incriminating evidence” it had seized from Gonsalves’ house in Mumbai during raids conducted last year. Police had also read out the titles of several other books and CDs allegedly recovered from Gonsalves’ house which included CDs titled ‘Rajya Daman Virodhi’ released by Kabir Kala Manch, ‘Marxist Archives’ and ‘Jai Bhima Comrade’; books ‘War and Peace’, ‘Understanding Maoists’ and ‘RCP Review’, and copies of a circular issued by the National Study Circle. “The title of the CD ‘Rajya Daman Virodhi’ itself suggests it has something against the State while ‘War and Peace’ is about a war in another country. Why did you (Gonsalves) keep objectionable material such as books like ‘War and Peace’, books and CDs at home? You will have to explain this to the court,” Justice Kotwal had said. Gonsalves was arrested by the Pune police under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act after raids at residences and offices of several activists in connection with the Elgar Parishad case. The police had claimed provocative speeches made at the Parishad on December 31, 2017 were responsible for the caste violence around Koregaon Bhima village in Pune district the next day during an event to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon Bhima. Dalits celebrate the anniversary of the Koregaon Bhima battle every year as they believe that the Army of the British comprising ‘Mahars’ or scheduled caste soldiers had defeated the forces of the Brahmin Peshwas.last_img read more

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Apple to hit Facebook other messaging apps with new curbs

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first_imgSan Francisco: Tweaking its mobile operating system (OS), Apple is planning to restrict bar apps which used to make Internet-based voice calls from running in the background when not in use. To speed up phone call connections, at present, Facebook-owned apps — Messenger and WhatsApp run a feature known as Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), even when not in use. WhatsApp uses VoIP in part to facilitate its end-to-end encryption. Fearing that the soon-to-be barred feature could also allow Facebook and other companies to collect data, Apple plans to implement the restriction in its latest iOS 13 that is slated for release later this year, Fox Business reported on Tuesday. In such a situation, Facebook along with other messaging app developers would have to redesign their apps to comply with Apple’s guidelines. Apple first mentioned about the new restrictions at the Worldwide Developers Conference held in June. As of now, the California-based tech giant has not released an official statement addressing the reports.last_img read more

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Nova Scotia premier says middleclass tax cut largest in provinces history

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first_imgHALIFAX – More than half of Nova Scotians are getting a tax break as what Premier Stephen McNeil calls the largest tax cut in the province’s history takes effect this week.The tax cut took effect Monday for about 500,000 Nova Scotians, reducing their taxes by an average of $160, the premier says. It increases the basic personal exemption on a sliding scale up to $3,000 for taxable income up to $75,000.“What we have done here is actually ensure that those in our province who need the help the most get the largest benefit of this change,” McNeil said in an interview on Tuesday.“These are big numbers, and it’s the largest tax change that impacts Nova Scotians in our provincial history, in a positive way.”The program will have an $85-million impact on provincial taxpayers, said McNeil, with benefits weighted towards low- and middle-income earners.He says 63,000 Nova Scotians are no longer paying provincial income tax, which the province said could translate into savings of up $264 per year.Low-income earners will see the greatest tax-exemption increase under the new regime, approved as part of the provincial budget last fall, with the amount declining as income level rises before capping out at $75,000.Better-off Nova Scotians will pay the same rate as they did before 2018, but McNeil said putting money back into some taxpayers’ pockets will boost the provincial economy overall.“We believe by adjusting the basic personal exemption for those who require it the most, it will leave the buying power there for years to come,” he said.McNeil called it “the largest tax cut in our province’s history,” but in a statement Wednesday Finance Minister Karen Casey used slightly different terminology, calling it “one of the largest tax breaks in our province’s recent history.”NDP Leader Gary Burrill said Wednesday that increasing Nova Scotia’s minimum wage to $15 from $10.85 per hour after would have a far greater impact on the province’s low- and middle-income earners than the “modest” tax cuts the McNeil government has put forward.“We’re living an increasingly $15-minimum wage world, but the McNeil Liberals have only increased Nova Scotia’s minimum wage this year by 15 cents,” Burrill said in an interview on Wednesday.“We need changes in Nova Scotia and in our economy that would help us to really address this competitive situation, and tax changes don’t do it.”Without the tax program, McNeil said the buying power of his government’s 15-cent minimum wage increase, which took effect last April, would be absorbed by the cost of inflation.The Liberal government first introduced the tax cut last April as part of a pre-election budget that was never passed. McNeil touted it as proof his fiscal restraint on public sector wages would lead to direct benefits for taxpayers.At the time, the president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union said the tax cut was coming at the expense of students and teachers.On Tuesday, McNeil said he doesn’t believe his government sacrificed salaries to fund the tax cut.“We are treating public sector workers in what we believe is a fair and balanced way, which is with a seven per cent pay raise over six years,” he said. “In other parts of country, where public sector wages are being rolled back, we actually held the line and gave a modest increase.”last_img read more

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Riding association wants explanation for why Quebec Liberal MP was denied candidacy

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first_imgOTTAWA — The departure of a Quebec Liberal MP who announced she would not seek a second term this week was forced by the party, the local riding association president says.Eva Nassif announced in a statement Thursday she would not seek a re-election in the riding of Vimy, north of Montreal.Riding president Giuseppe Margiotta told The Canadian Press that Nassif was pushed out without any reason given and he says the entire executive in the riding was “stunned” with recent developments.On Thursday, eight days after assuring she would be nominated as the candidate in the Laval, Que., riding for the Liberals, the MP published a letter on social media saying she would not seek re-election on the Oct. 21 federal vote, citing “recent events of a personal nature” as a motivating factor.Margiotta blames the Liberal Party of Canada for leaving his local riding association “in the dark”, noting that an email sent to party officials asking why Nassif’s candidacy was delayed went unanswered.Last week, Liberal sources said that Nassif was failing to meet her party’s requirements as an incumbent to secure a nomination.To confirm their candidacy, an incumbent must meet certain criteria: knocked on at least 3,500 doors or made 5,000 telephone calls, obtained the signatures of 150 Liberals in their riding and add 30 new monthly contributors.Margiotta assured Nassif that her association met those requirements, adding the association has more money in its coffers than the party required.The executive remains in place until mid-October and it will be up to Margiotta and others to work with a new candidate.Margiotta says he’s open to that, but wants explanations from the party about what happened.Lina Dib, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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BSNL Finance Director replaced amid financial crisis

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first_imgNew Delhi: Amidst the acute financial crisis at BSNL, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has handed over the responsibility of the Finance Director at the cash-strapped PSU to current Director Mobile as well as fixed line, Vivek Banzal divesting the charge from Sujata Ray. Official sources said Banzal, who is already holding two key charges, has been given the charge of Finance Director and this was effected by the DoT on February 28. Banzal would now be looking at all the three key wings — fixed line, mobile and finance at BSNL. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep The sources said that the government decides responsibilites and such things were routine and although more realignment of responsibilities were likely to be effected from DoT in BSNL. Ray is slated to retire in April. But it is not clear if any new Finance Director would be appointed shortly or Benzal will be given this post as full time given the poor financial health of the PSU, the post is vital. > Banzal took charge on March first week as Finance Director. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs The reasons for the sudden replacement have not been cited but it was seen in the context of the present cash crunch position of BSNL which is expected to linger on given the low tariff regime and BSNL itself not having full range of services like 4G. Going through its worst financial crisis, BSNL recently failed to pay salaries for the first time in 19 years. With heightened competition unleashed by Jio with low tariffs, BSNL’s revenues have further dried up as it does not have 4G LTE service. Its loss is at Rs 7,999 crore for 2017-18.last_img read more

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UNICEF supports efforts to immunize Rwandan children against measles

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6 October 2009The third Mother and Child Health Week, backed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has kicked off in Rwanda with a twist, with the campaign immunizing children against measles for the first time in the African Great Lakes nation. The third Mother and Child Health Week, backed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has kicked off in Rwanda with a twist, with the campaign immunizing children against measles for the first time in the African Great Lakes nation.Measles accounts for less than 2 per cent of deaths of children under the age of five in Rwanda, but “we have to ensure that children continue to remain protected from this life-threatening illness,” said Joseph Foumbi, UN Resident Coordinator ad interim and UNICEF Representative in the country.Rwanda has made strides in slashing by half the number of under-five child deaths from preventable causes, from 196 per 1,000 live births in 2000 to 103 live births in 2007, UNICEF said in a press release issued in the district of Bugesera.The Health Weeks, which are held in several regions of the world, have proven to be an effective way to save lives at a low cost.During the drive in Rwanda this week, children under five will be vaccinated against measles and polio, with some also receiving Vitamin A capsules to boost their immune systems and mebendazole to fight parasitic infections.Over 45,000 people – volunteers, community health workers and local leaders – will fan out across the country to ensure that more than 1.5 million women and children are brought to vaccination sites and health centres to receive care. read more

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UN chief marks Autism Awareness Day with call for greater support to

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1 April 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for increased support for children and adults with autism and their families, saying public awareness about the condition remains low, with those affected suffering discrimination, abuse, isolation and violation of their fundamental rights. “Children and persons with autistic conditions face major challenges associated with stigma and discrimination, as well as a lack of access to support. Many struggle with multiple barriers in their daily lives,” Mr. Ban said in a message to mark the World Autism Awareness Day, which will be observed tomorrow.The United Nations chief executive said that the number of children and people with autistic conditions continues to rise in all countries and racial, ethnic and social groups, but awareness remained low despite the recognition of autistic conditions among the scientific, health and care communities.Mr. Ban described the annual observance of World Autism Awareness Day as an “opportunity to mobilize for action and assistance.”“Autism is a complex disorder. But in many cases the right treatment early on can bring improvements. That is why it is so important to raise awareness about the signs of autism and provide services as soon as possible,” added Mr. Ban.He spoke of the need to support parents, create jobs for individuals with autism based on their skills and strengths, and improve public education to better meet the needs of students with autism. Such steps can benefit society and enrich the lives of people with autism and their loved ones.Mr. Ban highlighted a remark by a mother of a child with autism who said: “Although my daughter has walked a long way, I have walked a longer way.”“Together, let us travel this road toward a more caring and inclusive world,” the Secretary-General added. read more

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Businessman shot dead in Sapugaskanda

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A businessman was shot dead in Sapugaskanda laet this evening.The Police said the businessman was shot dead at the Galwala Junction in Sapugaskanda. Two unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle had carried out the shooting.The victim was identified as 35 year old H. A. Danushka Sanjeewa from Makola North.

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Protect environment from wars and conflicts UN urges on International Day

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“Whether caused by fighting or a breakdown in Government control, the damage to the environment has devastating consequences for people’s health and well-being […] it is not a new problem, but is one that can last for decades,” said Mr. Guterres in a message on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.“Areas of Europe are still affected by heavy-metal contamination from munitions used during the First World War.” In his message, the Secretary-General also highlighted the importance of a healthy environment for people to rebuild their lives once fighting stops, noting that the shared management of natural resources can also provide avenues to maintain or improve relations. Given the importance of the environment and natural resources for sustainable development, the UN chief called for steps to reduce the collateral damage from conflicts and protect them. “The UN is committed to protecting the environment as an essential pillar of peace, security and sustainable development,” he stressed. According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), conflicts over natural resources are among the greatest challenges confronting today’s world, with serious threats to human security. Furthermore, at least 40 per cent of all internal armed conflicts over the past 65 years have had an important natural resource dimension. Since 1989, more than 35 major armed conflicts have been financed by revenues from conflict resources, and there are fears that in the coming years, extreme climate stresses could double the risk of violent conflict. However, despite these risks, there are also “significant opportunities” linking the environment and peacebuilding, added UNEP. “Let us not forget the power of environmental cooperation to drive peace and prosperity,” said UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim. Also today, joining forces with the Environmental Law Institute, the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Duke University, and the University of California at Irvine, UNEP opened the enrolment at the online course, Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace, which aims to build a community of 10,000 practitioners that can make natural resources a reason for global cooperation. The course covers a range of natural resources, from extractives to land and water, as well as a range of tools and approaches from conflict and gender sensitivity to assessments, meditation and spatial planning. read more

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Act now with ambition and urgency to tackle the worlds grave climate

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Because of climate change, “all around the world, people are losing their homes and being forced to migrate”, he informed the meeting, adding that the situation “will only get worse unless we act now with ambition and urgency”.Just last week, reports surfaced that “Himalayan glaciers are melting at double the rate since the turn of this century”, threatening water supplies throughout Central, South and East Asia, according to Mr. Guterres.Moreover, he pointed out that “Arctic permafrost is melting decades earlier than even worst-case scenarios”, threatening to unlock vast amounts of the powerful greenhouse gas methane.“It is plain to me that we have no time to lose,” Mr. Guterres said.  “Sadly, it is not yet plain to all the decision makers that run our world.” Even more worrying, he continued, “is that many countries are not even keeping pace with their promises under the Paris Agreement.”Keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees at the end of the century will require “rapid and far-reaching transitions” in how we manage land, energy, industry, buildings, transport and cities, he stressed. “That is why I am convening the Climate Action Summit in September.” The Abu Dhabi meeting, which is in preparation for the September Summit, aims to take stock of progress across all the areas that the Summit is looking to promote, from industrial transition to nature-based solutions to climate finance for both mitigation and adaptation.Climate disruption is happening now, and it is happening to all of us — UN chief“The Climate Action Summit is an opportunity for political, business and civil society leaders to set an example”, flagged the UN chief, “and here in Abu Dhabi, we are pointing the right direction”.“Our Summit must be open, inclusive and honest, and the work we take forward must be effective, just and fair – for those on the frontlines of the crisis today and especially for the generations to come”, the Secretary-General concluded.Thani Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment said: “We are here today, in a region known for its hydrocarbon economy … and yet, through forward-thinking policies, we have now made solar the cheapest source of power.” “Climate disruption is happening now, and it is happening to all of us”, he warned. “It is progressing even faster than the world’s top scientists have predicted”.The UN chief lamented that it is “outpacing our efforts to address it” with each week bringing “new climate-related devastation” from floods, droughts, heatwaves, wildfires and superstorms.The increasing urgency posed by #ClimateChange is in focus at a ministerial-level meeting in #AbuDhabi today and Monday, chaired by @antonioguterres and intended to galvanize initiatives for September’s #ClimateAction Summit https://t.co/bKTf3KNI5e pic.twitter.com/QjP1gCr73Z— WMO | OMM (@WMO) June 30, 2019 read more

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Three Ohio State womens lacrosse players named Big Ten players to watch

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OSU then-junior attacker Rainey Hodgson (6) during a game against Maryland on May 1. Credit: Courtesy of Ben SolomanGraduating nine starters wasn’t easy for the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team, but that didn’t stop its new senior class from making a statement right off the bat.The seniors made sure they were heard this preseason, as attackmen Cian Dabrowski and Rainey Hodgson and midfielder Christine Easton represented the Buckeyes on the 2016 Big Ten players to watch list, making up three of 18 players on the conference’s list. OSU coach Alexis Venechanos said these players are three of the most experienced players on the field this year, which aids their abilities to make an impact.“Christine has been involved since her freshman year until now, and we’re looking for her to step up into a larger role on the attacking end,” Venechanos said. “Cian and Rainey have been supporting players with our teams in the past, and now they’re going to be main contributors and vocal points.”Venechanos said the preseason honor empowers the team, and she will look for the energy to carry over into the 2016 season.“When our players see these players be successful, it gives us confidence going into season play,” Venechanos said. “It’s a natural transition, and all of the honorees have worked hard for that.”Easton has 44 career starts heading into her senior season, the most on the active roster. She said the honor means a lot to her because, although she’s not a big goal scorer, she was able to stand out in the team’s defense.“I think any one of these 36 girls could be on that list, so it’s an honor to be on it,” Easton said. “We can continue to use this recognition to show the conference that we’re good enough to play with top schools like Northwestern, Maryland and Penn State.”Easton, originally a defenseman, transitioned to midfield for the first time before her senior season.OSU then-junior attacker Cian Dabrowski (14) during a game against Maryland on May 1. Credit: Courtesy of Ben Soloman“It helps having my experience on defense as I move into attack, and I’m playing with a lot of experienced attackmen,” Easton said. “We have a young defense too, so I have an important role to be there to help them.”Hodgson, who started 15 of 21 games last season, has 35 career goals with 19 assists heading into her senior season. She said the honor means a lot to her, but there’s still a lot of work to be done before the season starts Feb. 13.“We came back this year as a whole new team, so there’s a big dedication to getting our team to the highest standard,” Hodgson said. “We’re hungry to compete at the same level we have the past few years, and I’m excited to keep us there.”Hodgson said the seniors collectively try to take underclassmen under their wings and set a positive example, whether it’s by practicing extra or watching film.“I have more of a leadership role this year, as I am one of the few returning starters,” Hodgson said. “I like being able to shed light on what it’s like on the field and to help ease the transition for players stepping up into new roles.”Dabrowski, the most established offensive threat on the roster, enters her senior season with a team-leading 69 goals and 25 assists in her career. She said this honor means a lot to the team because it shows how much the program has grown.“The Big Ten conference is arguably the best lacrosse conference in the country, so this honor motivates me to push myself even harder every day,” Dabrowski said. “We do conditioning at the beginning of every practice and it gets me in the zone to be ready for practice and to push my teammates to that next level too.”The Buckeyes are ranked No. 4 in the 2016 Big Ten women’s lacrosse preseason poll, behind Maryland, Penn State and Northwestern. Their season is scheduled to begin on Feb. 13 at 3:30 p.m. against Detroit at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

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IOGear Unveils New Wireless Keyboards

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first_imgIf you’re in the market for a new keyboard that won’t look strange on your coffee table paired with your home theater PC, IOGear’s new Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad will do the trick. The keyboard is piano black with a touch-sensitive trackpad on the right side with two “mouse” buttons underneath it. The keyboard is Bluetooth and can pair with multiple Bluetooth devices, so you can use it with your PC and then bring it over to the couch when it’s time to watch video on the big screen. IOGear also unveiled the 2.4GHz Wireless Compact Keyboard for devices without Bluetooth. This model is a smaller keyboard with a trackball on the side, complete with scroll wheel and left-and-right mouse buttons.  Both models will be available by the end of Q1, with the Bluetooth model shipping for $79.95 list price and the 2.4GHz Wireless model retailing for $59.99.  [via Engadget]last_img read more

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If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day you inhale a mugful of

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first_img By Órla Ryan Image: Shutterstock/Marc Bruxelle Wednesday 1 Mar 2017, 6:15 AM Short URL 14,261 Views 28 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 1st 2017, 6:15 AM http://jrnl.ie/3263215 ‘If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day, you inhale a mugful of tar each year’ One in every two smokers will die of a tobacco-related disease – pharmacists want to buck this trend. Image: Shutterstock/Marc Bruxelle Share159 Tweet Email3 A HARD-HITTING campaign aimed at getting people to quit smoking tells us that one in every two smokers will die of a tobacco-related disease.Thousands of people have signed up to the HSE’s Quit initiative, and there has been a decrease in the number of people smoking in Ireland in recent years.However, as of 2016, some 18.7% of people here still smoke. About 5,500 people in Ireland die from a smoking-related illnesses each year.Today is National No Smoking Day and the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) has teamed up with the HSE to encourage more people to give up.Pharmacists across the country are on hand to give support and advice to smokers who want to quit.Carmel Collins, vice president of the IPU, said research has shown that about 70% of smokers want to quit and over 80% wish they had never started smoking.Collins told TheJournal.ie: “We want to tap into that motivation. There are over 1,800 pharmacies in Ireland, we have a widely established network which is hugely accessible to the public.”She said smokers greatly increase their chances of giving up if they get support, rather than going cold turkey.People need to recognise that if they have tried quitting before maybe they didn’t get the right support. Pharmacists can help come up with a nicotine replacement programme. There are gums, inhalers, lozenges – what the person needs to use is dependent on their level of nicotine addiction, whether they’re a heavy tor mild smoker.“The pharmacist will ask a series of questions and can help raise awareness about the person’s triggers and habits when it comes to smoking – why they’re smoking and why they don’t want to smoke.“The person can decide a quit date to come back to the pharmacy on. In the meantime they can keep smoking but they are preparing to quit.”Withdrawal symptoms Collins said the person will most likely visit their pharmacist weekly in the first stages of quitting. She stressed the importance of making these check-ins regular so the person trying to quit has consistent support and advice.She noted that withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches and a dry mouth, can worry people but these will pass and are actually positive – signs that the body is ridding itself of nicotine.In terms of using vaping as a way to cut down on cigarettes, Collins said: “The jury is still out”, and not enough research has been done in this area.Collins said the high number of people smoking in the 18-35-year age bracket is particularly worrying. Source: HSEShe noted that smoking is also quite common among manual workers, semi-skilled workers and those on long-term state benefits such as unemployed people, adding that people with medical cards can avail of free nicotine replacement therapy. Source: HSECarbon monoxideCollins said the health benefits of quitting are obvious, noting that about 90% of lung cancers are connected to smoking.“There isn’t any argument anymore about it.People are talking about carbon monoxide poisoning now, when you smoke a cigarette you are inhaling carbon monoxide – a poisonous gas. If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day, you can inhale a mugful of tar into your lungs in a year.The HSE notes that within 20 minutes of quitting, a person’s heart rate and blood pressure drop, while all the carbon monoxide in their system will be eliminated within 24-48 hours.One year after quitting, the excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker’s and, after five years, the risk of heart attack falls to that of a non-smoker.Aside from the health benefits, it also makes financial sense for people to quit. For example, a person who smokes 20 cigarettes per day can save €4,000 a year by quitting.“A huge amount of money is saved, that’s good for anybody’s heart,” Collins added.More information on quitting smoking can be read here.Read: Vaping is ‘far safer than smoking’Read: Inmates in Irish prisons will soon have access to e-cigaretteslast_img read more

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Facebook 22000 emplois créés en France en 2011

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first_imgFacebook: 22.000 emplois créés en France en 2011Selon une étude du cabinet Deloitte, Facebook a généré la création de 232.000 emplois en Europe en 2011, dont 22.000 en France. En période de crise, s’il y en a un qui peut créer des emplois, c’est bien Facebook. La plupart sont cependant des emplois indirects, comme les éditeurs de logiciels, les développeurs internet ou les gestionnaires de communautés. La création indirecte d’emplois aura généré 15,3 milliards d’euros en Europe. La France se taille une bonne part du gâteau avec 1,9 milliards d’euros générés.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?De leur côté, les opérations directes ne représente qu’une centaine d’emplois et quatre millions d’euros de revenus. Des chiffres peu élevés en comparaison.Le système développé autour des applications, constitué essentiellement de développeur, est en plein boom puisqu’il a suscité plus de 200 millions d’euros de revenus et 2.400 emplois en France. “Des centaines d’entreprises rivalisent aujourd’hui d’inventivité pour créer des applications” rappelle Julien Codorniou, directeur des partenariats Facebook France. C’est sans compter les agences de marketing et les marques, qui, grâce à leur investissement pour figurer sur Facebook représentent 1,1 milliards d’euros et 12.000 emplois.Sur 800 millions d’utilisateurs, la France en compte actuellement 25 millions. De quoi alimenter ces résultats. “Aucune plateforme dans l’histoire du logiciel et d’Internet n’a créé autant de valeur aussi vite” souligne Julien Codorniou. Le 28 janvier 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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