BJP MLA shot at in U.P.

first_imgA BJP legislator in Uttar Pradesh was shot at in Lakhimpur Kheri district on Thursday, the police said. Lakhimpur MLA Yogesh Verma suffered a bullet injury on the leg when an unidentified person shot at him around 3 p.m. The BJP leader was returning to his residence in Rajgarh area from office, a police officer said. The attacker fled.Mr. Verma was rushed to a hospital, where his condition was stated to be out of danger, the police said. A case has been registered and a probe is on, the officer said.last_img read more

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Smithsonian jumps into biodiversity genomics with new institute

first_imgOn the heels of two vast analyses of the genomes of both birds and insects, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has announced that it will launch a virtual biodiversity genomics institute to accelerate efforts to capture and catalog all the DNA from Earth’s flora and fauna.The Smithsonian is already devoting $10 million a year toward genomics research in evolutionary, diversity, conservation, and ecological studies. By formally tying all those efforts together, the Smithsonian hopes to “mobilize [its] internal troops”—about 100 scientists—to do even more, says John Kress, the Smithsonian’s interim under secretary for science. At the same time, he hopes the Smithsonian will take a lead in coordinating biodiversity genomics worldwide. Toward that goal, he hopes to raise $100 million over the next 10 years.“The Smithsonian is one of the very few institutions around the world that are able to do this,” says Erich Jarvis, a neurobiologist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, who coordinated the sequencing of the genomes of 48 bird species. For one, the Smithsonian already has quite a diverse collection: hundreds of thousands of museum specimens and thousands of blood samples in 30 special freezers, part of an initiative to freeze 50% of the diversity of life in the next 5 years. For another, the name carries clout. “You need some global leadership, and the Smithsonian is recognized for that,” Jarvis says. 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Since 2006, Paul Hebert and his Biodiversity Institute of Ontario at the University of Guelph in Canada has been combing the world and cataloging short stretches of DNA called DNA barcodes. The China National Genebank is also carrying out a comprehensive collection of DNA from plants, animals, and microbes for sequencing and study. Indeed, the Smithsonian until now has lagged behind a little, says Stephen O’Brien, a geneticist at St. Petersburg State University in Russia, who has been coordinating a global effort to sequence 10,000 vertebrates. There are parallel projects to sequence thousands of insects, marine invertebrates, and plants. He doesn’t think there needs to be a coordinating institution for all these efforts.Others disagree. The Smithsonian’s new institute “is a hugely important development for the planet,” Hebert says, as biodiversity genomics needs to be ramping up. “A great tragedy is that we are burning the books of life without even reading them.”last_img read more

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Gujarat Budget proposes tap water to every household by 2022

first_imgWater supply through taps and houses for poor are the main thrust areas of the Gujarat government in its budget presented in the State Assembly on Tuesday. The government has earmarked whopping ₹20,000 crore over next three years to ensure that each household gets tap water.Presenting an over ₹2 lakh crore Budget, the highest in Gujarat’s history, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, who also handles finance portfolio, on Tuesday allocated a lion’s share of the expenditure towards water management in the wake of the State grappling with an acute water crisis due to deficit monsoon last year. Over a dozen districts in the State have been declared drought hit and water through tankers is being supplied in more than 1000 villages in these districts.“For the first time, the State’s budget has crossed ₹2 lakh crore (₹2,04,815). The government will spend ₹20,000 crore over the next three years to ensure no household in Gujarat is left without tap water. ₹4,500 crore has been allocated this year for this purpose,” Mr. Patel said in his Budget speech in the Assembly.Additionally, ₹7,157 crore has been allocated for Sauni Yojana and other water supply schemes for irrigation and drinking water. The ambitious Sardar Sarovar Narmada Yojana has been allocated ₹6,595 crore in the budget to complete the remaining canal network to bring water from branch canals to the field channels for irrigation.For housing for all, 4.8 lakh housing units have been sanctioned and budgetary provision of ₹1248 crore has been made while total provision for urban development and urban housing departments stand at ₹13,149 crore.For infrastructure in municipal corporation areas and towns with municipalities, 75 flyovers will be built. “Ahmedabad Metro project is under construction and its first phase was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In this year, ₹510 crore provisions is made for metro project,” Mr Patel told the assembly during his budget speech.Finance Minister also declared a new scheme — Vhali Dikri Yojana — to improve girl childbirth rate, strengthening socio economic status of girls and arrest their dro-out rate from schools and prevent child marriages. Under the scheme, the first and second girl child will be provided assistance of ₹4,000 at the time of enrolment in the school and ₹6,000 at the ninth standard. Moreover, ₹1 lakh assistance will be given for higher education or marriage when they reach the age of 18.As per the Niti Aayog figures, Gujarat figures among the States with lowest sex ratios in the country. According to data tabled in Lok Sabha recently, Gujarat is among 25 States that have registered an increase in sex ratio at birth. However, the state still lags behind in all-India sex ratio of 929 as per in 2017-16.last_img read more

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Assam NGO demands CBI probe on NRC funds

first_imgThe Assam Public Works (APW), the original petitioner in the Supreme Court that led to the initiation of the NRC process in the State, on Tuesday demanded a CBI investigation on utilisation of funds allocated for updating the citizens list. The Central and State governments had allocated funds for updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and their utilisation by officials concerned must be investigated by the CBI, APW President Aabhijeet Sharma told reporters here.“More than Rs 1,600 crore has been spent in the NRC process and there is suspicion of misutilisation of funds by the authorities concerned which must be investigated at the earliest,” he said. The NGO also demanded that the Enforcement Directorate must be assigned to find out whether there was manipulation by some individuals to appropriate the allocated funds or not. The other areas that need to be investigated include the recruitment process of the officers involved in the updating process, the technology used and whether the outsourcing of various activities to various agencies performed their tasks properly or not, Mr. Sharma said. The Central government should also release details of the exact amount of money spent in the entire NRC process and also whether “timely audits of the funds allocated by the State and the Centre were carried out and were proper as per the books”, he said.“A huge amount of money has been spent in the NRC process and it should have been monitored and audited at regular intervals,” he said. The technology, including software and hardware used in the process, must also be verified by some internationally-acclaimed institutions, beyond the reach of the authorities involved in the process, he said. It is indeed unfortunate that the indigenous people of the state like Koch, Rajbongshi, Rabha, Ahom, Bodo, Tiwa, Karbi, Mishing, Tiwa, Dimasa and others had to stand in queues and face interrogation to include their names in NRC along with the illegal immigrants, Mr. Sharma pointed out.“Even after such efforts, the names of many indigenous people are missing from the final NRC while illegal intruders from Bangladesh have been included,” he alleged. The APW appealed to the central government to ensure that the names of those indigenous people excluded from the NRC are included and they do not face further harassment or are sent to the detention centres.Mr. Sharma said the NGO will again move to the court demanding re-verification as “we have evidence of names of people, identified as Bangladeshis, included in the NRC”.last_img read more

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BaliPure sweeps Pocari Sweat for first PVL crown

first_imgBaliPure celebrates after scoring a point against Pocari Sweat in Game 2 of their best-of-three finals series in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Water Defenders won in four sets to capture their first PVL title. Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netBaliPure knocked off Pocari Sweat, 25-20, 19-25, 25-23, 26-24, to win its maiden Premier Volleyball League title Wednesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Water Defenders found redemption in the Open Conference, just two months after losing to the Lady Warriors in a do-or-die Game 3 in the Reinforced Conference Finals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Soltones, who was named Finals MVP, ended the third set with an off-speed spike while Nabor tapped the ball out and into a gaping hole for the title-clinching point.Soltones fired 21 points after scoring 14 in Game 1 while Aiko Urdas and Risa Sato added 16 and 15 points, respectively.Nabor had eight points and 40 excellent sets after missing Game 1 due to a stiff neck.Pablo played through an illness for the second straight game and still came away with 21 points.ADVERTISEMENT “We went through a lot. When we started the conference, we almost didn’t make it to the semis. When we entered the semis, we lost the first game and we almost didn’t make the finals but again the girls persevered,” said BaliPure head coach Roger Gorayeb.It was the same narrative for BaliPure in Game 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Water Defenders nearly dropped the third and fourth sets before showing great resolve to fight off the steely Lady Warriors, who rode on MVP Myla Pablo in the crucial stages.BaliPure blew leads late in the last two sets and needed endgame heroics from Grethcel Soltones and skipper Jasmin Nabor to push through. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LATEST STORIES Japan, Thailand to dispute AVC title View commentscenter_img Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

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Gabriella Pasqualotto sent home for blogging on flirtatious IPL players

first_imgA Mumbai Indians cheerleader from South Africa was recently sent back home for blogging about her life behind the scenes during the ongoing Twenty-20 cricket tournament Indian Premier League (IPL).The cheerleader, Gabriella Pasqualotto, was kicked out after her secret identity was revealed. However, even before she returned, she had already given some interesting insights into the life of cheerleaders, IPL parties and players. Gabriella Pasqualotto spoke exclusively to Headlines Today.Pasqualotto was one of the 40 cheerleaders flown from South Africa, known for their beauty, glamour, adulation and the moves. However, she was sent home summarily for alluding to some flirtatious cricketers in her blogs.Her blogging comments allegedly caused “privacy concerns” among some players as Pasqualotto wrote: “I have come to realise that cricketers are the most loose and mischievous sportsmen I have come across.”She however gave the Indian cricketers a clean chit.”The few Indian players we have met, such as M.S. Dhoni and Rohit Sharma have been very polite and keep to themselves in the dark corners. Hotshots like Tendulkar with families at home are never present,” she wrote.South African cricketer Graeme Smith must be fretting that his newly engaged fianc does not read the blog as Pasqualotto wrote: “Ol Graeme Smith will flirt with anything while his girlfriend lurks behind him. Jonty Rhodes and Albie Morkel are notorious for having a good time with friends.”Even Australian cricketers might find themselves in a bit of a trouble with their girlfriend back home as Pasqualotto wrote: “The Aussies are fun but naughty, such as Aiden Blizzard and Dan Christian. By the end of a crazy evening, a certain someone had played kissing catchers with three girls known to me only, although he has his own girlfriend back home. He cooed to each girl, ‘come home with me, I just want to cuddle’.”advertisementObviously, even after the much maligned IPL after parties might have officially been stopped, that did not stop cricketers from partying and Pasqualotto exposed it through her blogs.She was put on the first flight home after a fellow cheerleader tipped an Australian player from the Mumbai Indians about the blogging and consequently the cricketer complained to the authorities. The IPL action has left her hurt and disappointed.”Nothing I wrote was directed at any one person. I think the cricketer (an Aussie) who complained had a guilty conscience. It’s a joke. There were cameras everywhere at these after-parties watching what they got up to. The guys treated us like pieces of meat,” she said.last_img read more

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Rio Silver has given me the confidence to do well in major tournaments: PV Sindhu to India Today

first_imgAfter the many messages exchanged on whatsapp, I decided to call PV Sindhu to first congratulate and subsequently have a chat on what next for her having just won her first Super Series title. Her father PV Ramana, Arjuna awardee volleyball international for India and now her constant companion, picked up the call. “Wait Sindhu is at the back”, he said as they were in the queue boarding for a flight for Hong Kong, the venue for the next tournament. Thereafter Sindhu came on the line. “Did you watch the match?”, she asked before I could fire the first question. She is a 21 year old superstar and has not lost her youthful exuberance amidst all her achievements. Thereafter we continued to speak for a while and it was apparent Sindhu is already focussed on the Hong Kong Super series less than 24 hours after winning the first super series title. She is clearly on a fastrack to success! Excerpts from the conversation:Boria- So what now for you? What a year it is turning out to be!Sindhu- Thanks. Absolutely. It has been a great, great year. Rio will forever be the highpoint but the only title among the major ones that was eluding me is a super series title. I came close in Denmark last year but just could not go on to complete the task. And after winning the semi-final in one of the best matches of my career, I knew this was a golden opportunity to win the title. Next is the Hong Kong super series this week and if I am able to do well there I might make the year-end top eight competition. So that’s the first goal. Thereafter as you know I want to be consistent with my game and want to win All England which no Indian woman has ever won! (Five takeaways from PV Sindhu’s China Open victory)advertisementBoria- This win is all the more commendable because Gopi wasn’t there with you. Siadutt and Madhumita were there at courtside but without Gopi you deserve all the more credit.Sindhu- I was constantly in touch with Gopi Sir before every match. But yes it always feels good to have him there. As I said i was really motivated to do well and even in France and Denmark i was playing good though I lost in the second round in both tournaments.Boria- So was there more pressure on you because you had lost in both Denmark and France?Sindhu- Not really because I was playing well. And I had put in a serious effort since coming from Rio and I was confident it was a matter of time before I went deep in a tournament. As you know even when we were travelling for the felicitations I would practise whenever I got time.Boria- Will you say Rio has given you the confidence to do well in big contests and more importantly big moments like in the semi-final when you were down three match points? (PV Sindhu wins China Open for her maiden Super Series title)Sindhu- Absolutely. Rio has given me the confidence. But I would say every match is important and teaches you new lessons. All points are important whether you are leading or you are down. And i played the semi final that way. Never did i think it was over and was taking each point at a time. Surely it will be one of the best matches that I was played in my career. She was returning everything and i had to be patient and not lose my composure.Boria- Before I let you board, what are the chances you will make the year-end Super Series for the top eight players?Sindhu- I should make it if I do well in Hong Kong. That’s why this is a big week. If i can play like the way I am at the moment there is a very real chance I can make it.last_img read more

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We are making changes on our wire, effective April 15, to make

first_imgit easier for you to access our stories. The changes relate to: 1. The practice of sending stories in takes (1st take, 2nd take, 3rd take etc). 2. The slugs of our stories. TAKES: Under the new system, we will do away with takes, which are chronological additions to a story. Instead, we will progressively build the story starting with the usual short version of 150 to 200 words. The second story, the slug of which will be prefixed by LD (short for Lead), will be 400 to 500 words and will contain all the material of the first story. The third story (2ND LD) will be 500 to 600 words and so on. This will ensure you get a full story every time, and not truncated parts. There will now be no need to search for different takes and stitch them together for publication. Every subsequent Lead will be a complete and fully publishable story. It will carry an “Editors note” with a brief description of the new material and/or changes in the latest version. SLUGS: All PTI story slugs will be prefixed with two or three letters that will denote the state where they are originating from, or the ministries they relate to. For example: 1. A Tamil Nadu story about water shortage will be TN-WATER SHORTAGE 2. A Chhattisgarh story about a Naxal attack will be CG-NAXAL ATTACK 3. A West Bengal story relating to Mamata Banerjee will be WB-MAMATA-RALLY New Delhi-datelined stories about the central government will carry a three-letter slug that indicates the ministries or departments they are associated with. For example: 1. The external affairs ministry commenting on Pakistan will be slugged MEA-INDIA-PAK 2. The Prime Ministers Office announcing Ajit Dovals trip will be PMO-DOVAL All economic and business stories will carry the preface BIZ. All sports stories will be SPO Cabinet-related stories will be CAB Politics-related stories will be POL A full list of various slug prefaces is attached below: Slugs for the Supreme Court, high court and subordinate court stories will remain the same — SC, HC and COURT. However, this would be prefixed with the state or the Union territory. Some examples of court story slugs: SC-TRIPLE TALAQ, DL-HC-KINDERGARTEN SCHOOLS, MH-HC-DOCTORS STRIKE. For tribunal-related stories, the master slug will be TRIBUNAL like TRIBUNAL-GREEN-POLLUTION. The master slug for states/Union territories will be: 1. Andhra Pradesh AP 2. Arunachal Pradesh AR 3. Assam AS 4. Bihar BH 5. Chhattisgarh CG 6. Goa GA 7. Gujarat GJ 8. Haryana HR 9. Himachal Pradesh HP 10. Jammu and Kashmir JK 11. Jharkhand JH 12. Karnataka KA 13. Kerala KL 14. Madhya Pradesh MP 15. Maharashtra MH 16. Manipur MN 17. Meghalaya MG 18. Mizoram MZ 19. Nagaland NL 20. Odisha OD 21. Punjab PB 22. Rajasthan RJ 23. Sikkim SK 24. Tamil Nadu TN 25. Telangana TL 26. Tripura TR 27. Uttarakhand UK 28. Uttar Pradesh UP 29. West Bengal WB 1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands AN 2. Chandigarh CH 3. Dadra and Nagar Haveli DN 4. Daman and Diu DD 5. Delhi DL 6. Lakshadweep LW 7. Puducherry PD Slugs for various offices or ministries will be: The Presidents Secretariatadvertisement PREZ The Vice Presidents Office VP The Prime Ministers Office PMO The Ministry of External Affairs MEA Defence-related stories or the Ministry of Defence DEF The Ministry of Home Affairs MHA Aviation-related stories or the Ministry of Civil Aviation AVI The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting MIB The Ministry of Water Resources WAT The Ministry of Women and Child Development WCD The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare MHFW The Department of Personnel and Training DOPT The Ministry of Urban Development UD The Ministry of Railways RAIL The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports YAS The Ministry of Tourism TOUR The Ministry of Culture CUL The Ministry of Human Resource Development HRD The Ministry of Science and Technology SCI The Income Tax Department ITX The Election Commission of India EC The Central Bureau of Investigation CBI The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence DRI The Enforcement Directorate ED The National Investigation Agency NIA The Customs Department CUST The Central or State Excise Department EXE For any clarification please call Sujit Chatterjee on PTIs national desk in New Delhi at 011-41394425. PTI SClast_img read more

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4-Star OL Doug Nester Flips From Ohio State To Virginia Tech

first_img The 6-foot-6, 314-pound Nester is the No. 6 offensive guard prospect in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He is also the No. 2 senior in the state of West Virginia, behind five-star offensive tackle Darnell Wright, who is set to announce his commitment later today.Nester is one of two prominent four-stars to flip this morning. Four-star defensive end Khris Bogle out of Florida backed off his Alabama pledge and announced he was signing with the Gators.While many elite recruits signed during the early signing period in December, there are some still on the board today.Stick with The Spun for all the major news from National Signing Day. Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium during game against Clemson.BLACKSBURG, VA – SEPTEMBER 30: A general view of Lane Stadium prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Clemson Tigers on September 30, 2017 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)Four-star offensive lineman Doug Nester, who had been committed to Ohio State since August 2017, has flipped his commitment and signed with Virginia Tech.Nester made the call for the Hokies this morning on National Signing Day. He officially visited Blacksburg last weekend.In addition to VT, Penn State also made a late push for Nester, but the Huntington (WV) Spring Valley standout will be wearing maroon and orange in college.Signed…? #HardSmartTough pic.twitter.com/kKD7sgEZ0u— Doug Nester (@Freshie74) February 6, 2019last_img read more

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This Greek Short Rib Youvetsi Recipe is to Die For

first_img Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes Editors’ Recommendations How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home One of our favorite activities here at The Manual is to go out to a restaurant that we’ve never been to before. (Remember those gold wings? We do.). Recently, we had the opportunity to check out Kyma, a new Greek restaurant located in the Flatiron district of New York City. In addition to a raw bar, Kyma serves up a wide variety of Greek specialties, ranging from stuffed calamari that you’d sell your soul for to numerous classic Greek dishes, such as the savory, melt in your mouth short rib youvetsi.Kimberly MufferiOnce we had it, we were hooked. The meat falls apart in your mouth and the sauce that it’s cooked in is rich in herbs and spices. If it weren’t inappropriate to lick one’s plate in public, you can bet that we would’ve. We had to know how to make it. Thankfully, Kyma obliged. Yes, it does in a way take away from the joy that we get from going out places, but this was too good to not learn how to make. Plus, we’ll be headed back to Kyma anyway to eat our way through the rest of their menu.Back to that youvetsi, though.The first thing we learned about the dish is that it’s incredibly easy to make. It isn’t set-it-and-forget-it easy, but it’s pretty close. Second, we learned that the name (which is also spelled Giouvetsi) comes from the Turkish word güveç, a term for a type of earthenware pot and the dishes (usually casseroles or stews) that are baked in said pot. You don’t need a güveç to cook this dish, though. All you need is a pot big enough to hold all of your ingredients.Note: If you’re having trouble finding the kefalograviera cheese to serve with your short rib youvetsi, you can always order it on Amazon.Short Rib YouvetsiKimberly MufferiIngredients:5 lbs short rib2 celery sticks, chopped2 bay leaf2 garlic cloves2 cinnamon sticks1 large carrot, peeled and chopped1 white onion, peeled and chopped’1 bunch thyme1 packet orzo pasta1 can plum tomatoes1 quart red wine4 tbsp tomato pasteNutmegSalt and pepperMethod:Season the short rib with salt and pepper and sear (sauté) on all sides in a large pot, medium to high heat.Once lightly browned, remove the short rib and add your vegetables. Once the vegetables are browned, add the rest of the ingredients (not the short rib) and simmer for 20 mins.Place the short rib in a roasting tray, cover with the simmering liquid and braise in a 350-degree Fahrenheit oven for 2 hours.Add the orzo and more stock if need be. Braise for another hour till the orzo is al dente.Serve with kefalograviera cheese. The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Reduxlast_img read more

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Horseriding on Digha beach to be banned soon

first_imgKolkata: Digha Sankarpur Development Authority (DSDA) has decided to ban horse-riding on Digha sea beach. Those who used to ply their horses on the beach have been asked to withdraw the animals from there.Horse-riding has been one of the most common joyrides for tourists, especially children, in Digha. The decision has been taken after the DSDA found that the area is being polluted by the animals. There have also been instances where people were injured after being hit by moving horses. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe battery-driven toy cars which are also used as joyrides for the children will also be banned, as many of the car owners are allegedly charging exorbitant fares and hoodwinking the tourists. The district administration and police on Saturday conducted a campaign along the beach in Digha, urging the horse owners to stop plying the animals on the beach. They have also been given a deadline for the same. The decision was taken after the local administrations received various complaints against the horses on the beach, which often remains crowded with tourists. There were complaints against the battery-driven car owners as well. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMeanwhile, Abir Dhadra (5) went missing from Jagannath Ghat in Digha on Saturday morning. The family of the missing boy has lodged a missing diary at Digha police station. The boy’s father said Abir was playing with his sisters in the sea beach. His parents had gone into the sea to take bath and when they came back, they found that Abir had gone missing. The victim’s family members had come to Digha from Jalangipara in Hooghly district a few days ago. A probe has been initiated in this regard. Police are investigating to ascertain if the victim had gone into the sea or if he has been abducted from the beach.last_img read more

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Liberal MP fighting to save committee into missing and murdered Indigenous women

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe fate of a special parliamentary committee looking into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is in jeopardy.Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently announced his intentions to prorogue Parliament.That would mean the end of many bills and possibly the of the special committee.Liberal MP, and Aboriginal Affairs critic, Carolyn Bennett says the committee will have to be reconstituted or resurrected when Parliament returns.last_img

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Sen Beyaks residential school comments hit close to home in northern Ontario

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN National NewsSen. Lynn Beyak is from Dryden, Ontario.It’s a small town in the northwestern part of the province – an area with the scars of residential schools.When Beyak said last week in the Senate that it was important not to forget the good that the schools accomplished the scars opened up again for some.“In many ways (I was) hurt again in terms of opening up old wounds,” said Garnet Angeconeb, a residential school survivor.Angeconeb went to Pelican Falls Indian Residential School near Sioux Lookout.“Those kinds of views and comments coming from somebody at that level is why I was disappointed and, quite frankly, surprised,” said Angeconeb.But not everyone in the area thinks Beyak was wrong.wfiddler@aptn.calast_img read more

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Dembele in Barca squad for United CL match

first_imgBarcelona: French striker Ousmane Dembele is close to shaking off a thigh strain and was named in Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona squad on Monday for the Champions League quarter-finals first-leg at Manchester United. The 21-year-old World Cup winner has excelled on both flanks this season after a slow bedding in process at Barcelona, but has been on the sidelines since March 16 with a thigh muscle problem. Valverde said he had chosen the still-struggling winger in his squad for Wednesday’s game because he needed all hands on deck. “Dembele is on the list despite not yet being fully fit,” said Valverde, who added that Dembele had taken part in full training on Monday. Dembele, who scored in Barcelona’s 5-1 victory over Lyon in his last Champions League outing, had originally been expected to miss four weeks. The former Dortmund and Rennes forward missed Barca’s 2-0 win at Atletico Madrid on Saturday as the club target a La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble they achieved in both 2009 and 2015.last_img read more

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Picture Shows Princess Lalla Soukaina Celebrating Her Twins Birthday

Rabat – A new photo of princess Lalla Soukaina celebrating her birthday with her two children has been making the rounds on social media. In the photo, originally posted on Instagram by the account “lool196”, the princess is holding little Hassan and Aya tightly as they rest on her shoulders. Both are sporting tiny jean jackets.The photo appears to have been taken at a pool in a Moroccan hotel, but the precise location could not be determined at press time. The poster, an apparent “friend of the princess,” writes in the caption, “Happy birthday to my good friend Lalla Soukaina. [party emoji] May you always be surrounded with the most precious love of all. Your angels [angel emoji] I love you all,” followed by a number of affectionate hashtags. read more

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South Sudan UN urges redoubling of efforts to end cycle of deadly

19 January 2012The top United Nations envoy in South Sudan today urged an immediate end to the cycle of ethnic violence in the newly independent nation, and called on the Government to hold the perpetrators to account and to deploy more forces to key areas to avert further bloodshed. “The ongoing security crisis in Jonglei state is a test for all of us,” Hilde Johnson, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), told a press conference in the capital, Juba.“All concerned should redouble their efforts to put an immediate end to the cycle of violence, which is putting thousands of lives at risk and threatening the stability of the whole area,” she added.Deadly clashes between the Lou Nuer and Murle communities in recent weeks have displaced tens of thousands of civilians and led to UN agencies launching a major humanitarian operation to assist those in need. Ms. Johnson noted that UNMISS has in recent months consistently deployed its limited resources to reinforce efforts to prevent and mitigate conflict in Jonglei state, including to the Lou Nuer, Dinka and Murle communities.“However, more Government forces are urgently needed in key locations, as well as to patrol in the buffer zones between the communities to de-escalate tensions between the communities and avert further violence,” she stated. “I urge the Government to deploy additional forces and further strengthen its forces in the key areas to stop further violence.”She voiced deep concern about hate messages delivered by some individuals and groups, which she said could incite systematic ethnic violence. “Any statements that could incite ethnically based violence are totally unacceptable.“I urge the leaders of all communities at all levels in Jonglei state, and nationally, to call for a halt to any such rhetoric. I also call on the Government to bring the full force of the law to bear against those responsible for inciting violence,” Ms. Johnson stated.“UNMISS strongly condemns the use of violence by communities and urges their political, traditional and youth leaders to do their utmost to end killings and confrontations in an area that has suffered far too many casualties,” she added.UN peacekeepers have been deployed to the area in recent weeks to support the efforts of Government forces to restore peace and security, and daily air and land patrols have been stepped up to deter further attacks. However, the Mission has a shortfall of operational helicopters, seriously affecting its ability to carry out its mandate.Ms. Johnson pointed out that the Mission took “decisive” measures, including committing around half of its combat-ready personnel to the heavily-populated areas of Pibor and Likuongole.“We moved our forces to where civilians were under greatest threat. These actions combined with the presence of Government troops helped save many lives,” she said.The Mission’s preliminary findings have confirmed evidence of a number of civilians killed and injured, however, the findings so far do not provide the basis for the scale of casualties claimed by some media, Ms. Johnson stated.“We urge leaders and the public to avoid jumping to conclusions based on unverified human rights violations,” she said, adding that UNMISS commended the Government’s decision to conduct an investigation into the events and the numbers and who may have been responsible.Retaliatory violence has continued, with a number of attacks in the past few days on Lou Nuer and Dinka communities, she reported.“The cycle of violence in Jonglei has caused huge suffering to all the people in the area. It has to end,” stated Ms. Johnson.UNMISS remained very concerned about the deterioration of the humanitarian situation and reiterated its call on the international community to respond generously and rapidly to humanitarian needs. The UN humanitarian community has launched one of the most complex and expensive emergency operations in South Sudan, aimed at assisting 60,000 people in the affected area. UNMISS will continue to assist in delivering vital supplies, particularly in remote areas where some of the most vulnerable people are located.The Special Representative also noted that South Sudan is moving with determination towards consolidating its independence on the national and international scenes. At the national level, political reforms and security are among the major challenges that the new State is facing.“However, the Government’s introduction of political and security reforms show strong commitment to establishing a stable and democratic state worthy of the people of South Sudan,” she stated. read more

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Norwegian PM to undertake official visit while in Sri Lanka

The Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg who is presently in Sri Lanka on a private visit, will have an official Programme, at the invitation of the Government, on 12 and 13 August 2016, the Foreign Ministry said today.Prime Minister Erna Solberg will be received at the Presidential Secretariat on Friday 12 August and accorded a guard of honour and gun salute, following which she will hold bilateral discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena. On 13 August, Prime Minister Solberg will visit a Fisheries Harbour project in Mirissa and meet representatives of a Harbour development committee. She will also visit the Galle Fort. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Solberg will also meet Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan.  On Friday 12 August evening, Prime Minister Solberg will deliver the 2016 Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS), at the invitation of the Chairperson and Board of the Institute. This Lecture will be for invited guests. read more

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On NonViolence Day Ban highlights link between peace and nature

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the link between non-violence, peace and nature as he observed the International Day of Non-Violence.“Every year on the International Day of Non-Violence, we re-commit ourselves to the cause of peace, as exemplified by the life of Mahatma Gandhi who was born on this day 147 years ago,” Mr. Ban said in his message for the Day.The UN General Assembly, through a resolution in 2007, designated 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence to coincide with the birthday of Gandhi, who led the country’s independence movement and pioneered the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. We know that a culture of non-violence begins with respect for others, but it does not end there. To nurture peace, we must respect nature“We know that a culture of non-violence begins with respect for others, but it does not end there. To nurture peace, we must respect nature. I am pleased this year’s International Day of Non-Violence puts the focus on sustainability and the environment,” Mr. Ban said.“In all he did, Gandhi honoured our obligation to all living things. He reminded us that ‘Earth provides enough to satisfy everyone’s needs, but not everyone’s greed.’ Gandhi also challenged us to ‘be the change we wish to see in the world,’” the Secretary-General noted.Today India’s commitment is reflected in a momentous way, the UN chief said, as its government is depositing its instrument of ratification for the Paris Agreement on climate change. There is no better way to commemorate Gandhi and his legacy for people and planet, he said, urging all countries to complete their domestic processes for ratification and also strive in all activities to achieve progress through non-violence. The Day is annually observed worldwide with commemorative events.At the UN Headquarters, it was celebrated with a programme that included, besides India’s ratification of the Paris Agreement, performance by renowned Indian classical music singer Sudha Raghunathan as well as the unveiling of a commemorative UN postage stamp of Indian music legend M.S. Subbulakshmi.The speakers included UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, General Assembly President Peter Thomson, and Professor Barry L. Gan, Director of Center of Non-Violence, St. Bonaventure University, New York. read more

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EuroMillions draw Lucky Brits numbers come in to scoop third highest UK

CHECK YOUR TICKETS!!! We have a UK winner of tonight’s EuroMillions jackpot! pic.twitter.com/IamD8lZY55— The National Lottery (@TNLUK) April 24, 2018 The total jackpot was £121,328,187, Camelot said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A British ticket holder has scooped the entire £121.3m EuroMillions jackpot – the third highest total ever won in the UK.Camelot urged players to check their tickets as Andy Carter, senior winners’ advisor at The National Lottery, said: “Wow – what a night for UK EuroMillions players.”The total is still some distance shy of the amount won by Scottish couple Colin and Chris Weir, whose ticket helped them scoop over £160m in 2011.Mr Carter added last night: “Rest assured, we have plenty of champagne on ice ready to help The National Lottery’s newest multi-millionaire celebrateThe winning main numbers were 20, 23, 28, 30, 44, and the lucky stars were 03, 07. Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, also took home more than £148 million in August 2012. read more

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Surprising study suggests exercise may make dementia worse

Exercise does not slow down mental decline and may even make dementia worse, a new study suggests.Oxford University found that people with mild to moderate dementia who went to the gym twice a week for up to 90 minutes went downhill faster than those who abstained.Although the difference between the two groups was small, the researchers say exercise should not be recommended for people with dementia and called for future trials to ‘consider the possibility that some types of exercise intervention might worsen cognitive impairment.’Previous research had suggested that exercise could prevent mental decline, and stave off diseases like Alzheimer’s, so experts and charities said they were surprised by the findings.Commenting on the study, which was published in the BMJ,  Rob Howard, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at University College London said: “Had this been instead an improvement in cognitive functioning with exercise we would all have been excited about finding something positive in the, so far, depressing fight against dementia.“On this basis, I don’t think we should ignore the possibility that exercise might actually be slightly harmful to people with dementia.”Dr James Pickett, Head of Research and Development at Alzheimer’s Society, added :“The results are somewhat surprising as we would anticipate that exercise would have positive effects.”Around 850,000 people in Britain currently suffer from dementia and there are currently no treatments to reverse or slow down the condition. The numbers are expected to rise as the population ages. Dementia and physical activity Credit:BMJ Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Hitting the gym once dementia has begun may not help the condition, scientists suspect Credit:Tao Ke for China Daily Hitting the gym once dementia has begun may not help the condition, scientists suspect  The new trial involved 494 people with an average age of 77 years who lived in England and all suffered from mild to moderate dementia.The participants were assigned to a supervised exercise and support programme or usual care. The programme consisted of 60-90 minute group sessions in a gym twice a week for four months, plus home exercises for one additional hour each week with ongoing support.All were tested using the Alzheimer’s disease assessment score at the beginning of the study and then at six and 12 months.After taking account of potentially influential factors, the researchers found that cognitive impairment declined over the 12-month follow-up in both groups. Dr Elizabeth Coulthard, Consultant Senior Lecturer in Dementia Neurology at the University of Bristol, said: “The findings here are in keeping with the thrust of current research that suggests dementia is hard to modify once it is well established.“There has been some promising work on exercise in people with milder symptoms such as those with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Physical activity still holds promise to delay dementia onset in people at risk of developing the disease.“Broadly, physical activity and healthy ageing go hand in hand. However, targeting physical activity as an intervention to improve specific disease processes is a challenge.”2330 The exercise group showed improved physical fitness in the short term, but higher ADAS-cog scores at 12 months (25.2 v 23.8) compared with the usual care group, indicating worse cognitive impairment.Commenting on the findings, Dr Brendon Stubbs, Post-doctoral Research Physiotherapist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, said: “Whilst previous smaller studies have suggested that exercise can prevent or improve cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease, this robust and very large study provides the most definitive answer we have on the role of exercise in mild-moderate Alzheimer’s disease.“The study finds that whilst it is possible for interested people with Alzheimer’s disease to engage in a robust supervised exercise program, this does not appear to delay cognitive decline and does not improve any other outcome besides physical fitness.  “The search for effective lifestyle interventions that can delay cognitive decline in dementia must continue.” Dementia and physical activity  read more

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