first_imgNew Delhi: “Rape is the key reason emerging for school dropouts,” reveals a study conducted on 100 child rape victims by Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR). According to child rights body, the study found that 52 per cent of the total child victims are currently studying in schools and the corresponding shares of school goers among girls and boys are 51 per cent and 67 per cent respectively. “There is, however, a huge gap in educational attainment, as could be noticed in the share of dropped out children, who form 42 per cent of the total sample,” revealed report. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe report further added that 55 per cent of families of victims face different types of challenges in providing education to their children. The two key challenges are the low income of families (57 per cent) and the safety and security of children (47 per cent). While the study could establish desire of child victims for upward social and economic mobility, the inability of the majority of children to share their future career plans is indicative of their ignorance as well as the inability to set goals of life. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”11 per cent of children would like to join administrative services and 8 per cent would like to be in the teaching profession. While 5 per cent of children would like to be doctor, 4 per cent each would like to become a lawyer and engineer. While 3 per cent children each would like to be a player and dancer, 6 per cent children,” report revealed. 56 per cent respondents out of the total sample could not share their future career plan. Out of the total 100 child victims of rape covered in the study, only 15 per cent have received compensation money from the government. Analysis of data on the nature of livelihood challenges reveals job loss as a major challenge that has affected nearly half (49 per cent) of the total number of families that are facing the crisis. Out of the total, 26 per cent of children suffers from different types of physical illness that can be linked to the incidence of rape. The study found that families of 55 per cent child rape victims are poor with the monthly family the income of Rs 10,000 or less. The 52-page study report was prepared under the guidance of Ramesh Negi (chairperson DCPCR) and Jyoti Duhan Rathee (member DCPCR). More than 50 areas in 10 districts were covered during the study. They collaborated with Human Development Society. The child rights body conceived a community-level intervention named “Smile Clubs” to be implemented in all the districts of the National Capital Territory (NCT). The commission intends to make these children smile by rehabilitating and reintegrating them with society so that the consequences of rape and sexual abuse do not deprive them of happiness and preclude their development.last_img read more

first_imgGeorge Strait and Texas businessman Tom Cusick today announced the fourth annual Vaqueros del Mar Invitational Golf Tournament and Auction raised a record $550,000.Tom Cusick, David Feherty, George Strait, golfer Chad Pfeifer and Kerry Fisher celebrate record $550,000 raised at this year’s Vaqueros del Mar Invitational Golf Tournament and AuctionOver the four years of the event, more than $1.1 million has been raised to benefit military wounded in action. Hosted by Strait and Cusick at Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort & Spa in Boerne, Texas, Saturday and Sunday, October 25 -26, the event benefits Feherty’s Troops First Foundation. The foundation provides meaningful assistance to military members who have been wounded serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.Strait and Cusick, who are joint owners of the resort with new partner Northview Hotel Group, created the fundraiser in November 2011 to support wounded U.S. servicemen and women. This year the event kicked off with a Western Gala and Live Auction Saturday night at Estancia at Thunder Valley, Cusick’s exclusive Texas hill country community near the Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort & Spa.Entertainment was provided by the Josh Grider Band and Reckless Kelly followed by a live auction with Strait, Cusick and David Feherty on stage to encourage the crowd. The grand finale on Sunday included the golf “Shootout” with 10 teams vying for the grand prize custom-designed buckles followed by the Jam Session and Celebration party. Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel got the evening going with Jamey Johnson, Dean Dillon, and Keith Gattis joining in.The King of Country Music then joined his good friends in playing many of his favorite hits, a very rare opportunity as he just this year played his final “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour” date on June 7 with a record more than 104,000 fans in attendance. The current ACM and CMA entertainer of the year has more No. 1 singles than any artist and has had a Top 10 hit every year for 30 years.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

first_imgCouncillor Klassen brought up a recent Facebook post by the Fort St. John Professional Firefighters Association, that reminded citizen’s to keep their fire hydrants clear of snow. Councillor Klassen asked City staff whose responsibility does this job fall upon. They responded that City staff does go out to clear hydrants, yet with so many in town if you have a hydrant near or on your property they welcome help to keep them clear in case of emergency.At the Regular Council Meeting the policy would be passed as presented, Council then made a motion for the City staff to bring back a report on how it would impact services and the budget if level one was changed to read ‘snow and ice control following snowfall accumulation greater than 7.5 and less than 15 cm over a 72 hour period based on historical data’.To view the presentation; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – Council asked City staff to bring forward more information on the policy and procedure on how snow is removed in Fort St. John.At the Committee of the Whole (COW) Meeting January 28, 2019, City staff presented a thorough break down of the snow and ice control policy, sharing with Council the principals of snow removal, establishing priority, following policy, allocating and distributing resources and how the City staff goes about doing this.Mayor Lori Ackerman had expressed concern with some of the wording used in the presentation, “The reality is our entire community is a priority, when we use words like priorities it looks like we are putting one on top of another when they are listed like this for safety.”last_img read more

WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on all Mexican imports (all times local):10:30 a.m.President Donald Trump says Mexico has been taking advantage of the United States for decades because of ineffective U.S. immigration laws.In a tweet Friday, Trump blamed Democrats for what he called “BAD” laws and said it was time for Congress to pass legislation to address illegal immigration.Trump says he is placing a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports, starting June 10, to pressure Mexico to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants trying to cross the U.S. border.Asked what Mexico can do to avoid the tariff, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that a “very big first step” would be for Mexico to send home Central American migrants crossing through Mexico to get into the United States.___2 a.m.It was a surprise announcement that could derail a major trade deal. President Donald Trump has announced that he is placing a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports, effective June 10, to pressure the country to do more to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants trying to cross the U.S. border.He said the percentage will gradually increase — up to 25% — “until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied.”The decision showed the administration going to new lengths, and looking for new levers, to pressure Mexico to take action — even if those risk upending other policy priorities, like the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a trade deal that is the cornerstone of Trump’s legislative agenda and seen as beneficial to his reelection effort.The Associated Press read more

During extensive research on the civil wars in Sri Lanka and Nepal, Tej documented widespread sexual violence, torture, and other atrocities. She worked on important Human Rights Watch reports on war crimes, enforced disappearances, and lack of justice in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, among many others. Tej graduated from Wellesley College and Cornell Law School. She is survived by her daughter, Maya, her pride and joy, who will attend Oxford University this year; her sister, Manjushree; and parents, Bhekh and Rita. (Colombo Gazette) Tej had broad expertise in human rights law, international and domestic politics, post-conflict justice, and reparations mechanisms, and had also worked for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women. Her research for Human Rights Watch involved interviews with victims of human rights abuses – and those responsible for committing them. She often shuttled between interviews in remote areas of Nepal and Sri Lanka to the highest levels of government and the UN, briefing diplomats, government officials, the media, and local activists worldwide. In August 2017, Tej traveled to the Bangladesh-Myanmar border and was among the first human rights researchers to document the Myanmar military’s campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims.Tej worked tirelessly to protect human rights defenders and gain space for civil society groups to work freely and without fear. She spent countless hours helping activists, journalists, and their family members escape from threats of violence or arrest. She was always available to people in danger or need, no matter the time of day or time zone she was in. What mattered most to Tej in her human rights work was helping people live in safety and dignity. A Human Rights Watch (HRW) researcher who was active on the Sri Lankan issue has passed away.Tejshree Thapa, a passionate human rights lawyer whose worked spanned crises and conflicts in the Balkans, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, passed away on March 26, 2019, from an illness at the age of 52 in New York City. Originally from Nepal, Tej first joined Human Rights Watch in 2004 and was HRW senior South Asia researcher. Numerous families of victims have her phone number. She helped bring to safety Bangladeshi bloggers and LGBT activists targeted by militant groups. Families of those disappeared would call, not just to discuss their cases, but to share other news. Tej used to laugh with sadness about the number of letters and documents she wrote about accountability and transitional justice in Sri Lanka, saying that she had written the words so often she would sometimes recite them in her sleep.In her work Tej always had a special empathy for children. One case in Nepal involved a young girl who had been recruited by the Maoists, injured in combat, and then held and abused in military custody. Tej’s anger over the injustices that this child suffered fueled the energy she brought to her work, and her insistence with officials and diplomats that their governments make every effort to end the abuses.For Tej, human rights work was always personal. She cared about the people she met and wanted to end their suffering. That decades after the genocide in Bosnia there could be another genocide in Myanmar appalled her. But once again she did what she excelled at, making sure that victims and survivors could tell their stories, and that policymakers could no longer ignore their suffering. read more

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2016 8:11 am MDT Last Updated Jun 13, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Teva stops selling migraine patch after reports of burns NEW YORK, N.Y. – Teva Pharmaceutical said Monday that it will stop selling its migraine patch treatment Zecuity after users reported burns and scars where it was applied. The company advised that anyone who has its patch should not use it.Zecuity is a disposable battery-powered patch that is worn on the upper arm or thigh once for four hours to ease migraine headaches. The patch delivers medicine through the skin.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said some users reported severe redness, skin discoloration, cracked skin and pain where the patch was applied.Teva, based in Israel, said it is recalling Zecuity from pharmacies and is working with the FDA to figure out what is causing the skin reactions.The patch was approved by the FDA in 2013 when it was owned by NuPathe Inc. Teva bought NuPathe in 2014 and began selling Zecuity in the U.S. late last year.U.S.-traded shares of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. fell 2 cents to $52.99 in midday trading Monday. read more

Brock University’s Sports Performance Centre could be the starting line for a young Canadian’s Olympic journey.On Saturday, Sept. 16, Brock will be a host site for the RBC Training Ground, an athletic performance testing event for young people aimed at identifying potential Olympic talent. More than 150 athletes are expected to take part in the event, which is open to anyone between the ages of 14 and 25.Running the testing combine along with Canadian Sport Institute Ontario is Brock Sports Performance Manager Steve Lidstone, who said the event is an important recruiting tool that will be used “to identify next generation athletes with potential to one day stand on the podium at a major games.”Along with Lidstone, putting the young athletes through their paces will be 35 volunteer Brock students who work with the Brock Sports Performance Centre.RBC Training Ground is free for athletes to take part in. Starting at 10 a.m., they will be tested for strength, speed and endurance in front of officials from the Canadian Olympic Committee and 11 national sports.Top performers from the St. Catharines event will advance to an Ontario regional final at Scarborough’s Pan Am Sports Centre on Oct. 14. From there, any top athletes selected by the national sport organizations will receive financial support from RBC and a trip to the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.In 2016, the first year of RBC Training Ground, 25 young athletes were identified through the program and are now pursuing their Olympic dreams. read more

Senior guard Aaron Craft attempts a layup during a game against Purdue Feb. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 67-49.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta has said more than once he rarely watches college basketball besides his own team’s games.But after the Buckeyes dismissed Purdue, 67-49, Saturday night, Matta said he went home and flipped on the television to watch the game between then-No. 19 Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.The Red Raiders upset the Cowboys in Texas that night, 65-61, but the arguably biggest news of the game was that Oklahoma State sophomore guard Marcus Smart shoved a fan late in the game, losing his cool after he said the fan called him a “piece of crap.”Smart was suspended Sunday by the Big 12 for three games for his actions.Matta addressed the incident Monday, a day before his No. 22 Buckeyes (19-5, 6-5) are set to host their archrivals, No. 15 Michigan (17-6, 9-2), at 9 p.m.“I was actually watching that game the other night when it happened. I was like, ‘Wow,’” Matta said. “It made me think just in terms of some of the things I’ve heard people say over the years. I didn’t think about punching them or going after them. I know I’m not made of cardboard either, but I think from the standpoint of, there’s such a fine line there.”Matta went on to say that he’s heard nothing but good things about Smart, calling him a “phenomenal kid,” and admitted some of the things he’s heard from fans over the years have gone beyond what is expected to show support for their team.“It’s something I hope all universities will take more of a precaution just in terms of what’s been said,” Matta said. “Because it can get downright brutal.”Senior guard Aaron Craft — who has been the subject of plenty of heckling on the court throughout his more than three years at OSU — said he does his best to ignore negative things fans say.“It’s always tough in the heat of the battle. Emotions are running high especially if things aren’t going well, all it sometimes takes is one thing to kind of make you snap,” Craft said Monday. “It’s been going on for a while … (but) I don’t think it goes on unless as a team, we’re doing something right.“It doesn’t affect me as much — (opposing fans) can yell all they want but the best thing that we can do is find a way to have more points than they do at the end of the game, have the gym be quiet.”Tensions will likely reach that high point Tuesday between OSU and Michigan, as the game has heavy implications as far as the Big Ten standings are concerned — the Buckeyes sit three games behind the Wolverines, who are tied for the conference lead with No. 9 Michigan State. Matta said his players understand the game’s magnitude.“I think they know that. But I think that they would tell you our whole concern moving forward is about us and really trying to simplify what we’re doing and getting this group of guys to play their best basketball, not because it’s this team or not because the standings say this,” Matta said. “It’s just that’s what we need to do in this league to have a chance to win.”Junior center Amir Williams agreed, saying the focus has to be on OSU to come out strong because it is a big game.“We can’t really worry about other teams as much, we gotta fight our own race,” Williams said Monday. “This is a big one for us tomorrow … you can’t come out lackadaisical tomorrow like it’s just some other game.”The Wolverines lost reigning National and Big Ten Player of the Year Trey Burke to the NBA after last season, and have been playing without sophomore forward Mitch McGary because of a back injury that only allowed him to play in the first eight games of the season. Michigan still ripped off 10 straight wins after falling to then-No. 1 Arizona at home Dec. 14, and a big part of the season’s success has been sophomore guard Nik Stauskas, who currently sits fifth in the conference in scoring with 17 points per game.“He’s expanded his game. He took the spring and summer and found a way to make himself more than one-dimensional. And that makes it a lot tougher to defend him,” Craft said of Stauskas, who was widely known as just a shooter before this season. “Obviously with the way he’s shooting the ball, you have to be careful with how much you help and things like that, but the way he’s kind of putting the ball on the ground, he’s passing the ball really well now, too. So you can’t really try to rely and take one thing away from him.”The Wolverines were on the wrong side of an 85-67 score against then-No. 17 Iowa Saturday, a game in which the Hawkeyes shot a blistering 10-17 from beyond the arc. Even though Michigan is coming off a loss, Craft said the Buckeyes have to be ready for a challenge straight from tipoff because of the rivalry.“There’s always something special about playing Michigan,” Craft said. read more

first_imgRead: Shooting at school in Roswell, New Mexico > TWO STUDENTS HAVE have been shot at a Philadelphia high school and with the shooter now in police custodyThey say the shooting happened late Friday afternoon at the Delaware Valley Charter School in north Philadelphia.Authorities say a male student and a female student were shot. Each student was shot in an arm.The students have been taken to a hospital near the school. Police say they’re in stable condition.Police Inspector Joe Sullivan told KYW-TV it’s unclear whether the shots were fired from inside or outside the school.last_img read more

first_img Yes (5994) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews No (7292) Poll: Do you agree with the Citizens’ Assembly recommendation to replace – not repeal – the Eighth? Its recommendation says that Ireland’s constitution should deal with abortion – but not in the manner it does now. 186 Comments By Sean Murray Share Tweet Email Votes being cast at the Citizens Assembly today Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews Poll Results: Short URL YesNoNot sureVote Votes being cast at the Citizens Assembly today Saturday 22 Apr 2017, 7:07 PM Apr 22nd 2017, 7:07 PM 31,456 Views TODAY, THE CITIZENS’ Assembly recommended that the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution be replaced or amended – but not repealed.It means that the citizen-led body, set up by the Oireachtas, recommended that Ireland’s constitution should deal with abortion in some way, but in a manner different to how it currently does.Earlier, its members had voted to recommend that the Eighth Amendment should not be retained in its current form. The assembly also recommended that the Oireachtas be given the constitutional power to legislate on abortion.The Eighth Amendment of the Constitution guarantees “the right to life” of an unborn child.So, tonight we’re asking you: Do you agree with the Citizens’ Assembly recommendation to replace or amend – but not repeal – the Eighth Amendment? Not sure (2098)last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek workers staged a 24-hour strike on Thursday forcing the transport system to a standstill, protesting against the government’s intensified austerity drive securing aid in order to save the debt-laden country from bankruptcy. About 1,000 members of Communist group MAS marched to parliament chanting “Resist” and “Plutocracy should pay for this crisis” as part of the first big nationwide rallies since June, when daily protests ended in bloody clashes with police. Another 6,000 students, some carrying black flags and wearing gas masks, as well as teachers, joined them outside parliament, with union members expected to take part later.There was a big riot police deployment. Striking taxi drivers and bus, metro and rail workers meant commuters had to use their own cars, triggering kilometres-long traffic jams and stranding tourists at hotels in Athens’ ancient city centre. Unions said more strikes were planned. “The situation is dramatic, all major streets are jammed,” said one traffic police official, who declined to be named. An air traffic controller stoppage delayed 100 flights by up to four hours and dozens more in an out of Greece were cancelled. After the troika of EU and IMF inspectors made clear they were losing patience with the government’s failure to meet the targets of a bailout and threatened to withhold aid, the cabinet agreed to front-load austerity measures. Greece must now confront the trickier issue of how to collect extra taxes and implement the painful measures. Commentators did note that the fiery opposition of the past amongst some protesters had given way to weary resignation. Policy makers and economists fear a Greek default on its 340-billion-euro debt could set global markets tumbling and push other vulnerable euro zone members like Italy and Spain over the edge. The chairman of Goldman Sachs’ overseas arm said on Thursday the Greek situation was a major threat to the euro. As well as cutting pensions and extending a real estate tax rise, the cabinet said it would put 30,000 civil servants in “labour reserve” this year. “This is a policy we do not tolerate, we do not want. We are in continuous, total, permanent opposition to it,” said Yannis Panagopoulos, president of private sector employees union GSEE, speaking on state NET TV. With the economy expected to contract by at least 5 per cent this year, after a 4.4 per cent slump in 2010, and unemployment at 16 per cent and rising, most Greeks hold little hope austerity measures will help the nation emerge from crisis. “We are living in terror that we may lose our jobs, our lives. Even if these lay-offs are necessary, we are not being treated like humans,” said Costas Andrianopoulos, 32, who works at the National theatre. “They cut our wages and our pensions and we took it. But I don’t believe any more that any of this is for the good of the country. We’ll be sacrificed for nothing. We can’t avoid default, We have no hope.” The conservative opposition, which has a slim lead over Prime Minister George Papandreou’s Socialists in opinion polls and has called for snap elections, maintained its refusal to cooperate with the government, which has irked EU leaders. The country remains bitterly divided between private sector workers who say a bloated state bureaucracy is strangling Greeks and public servants who say the biggest problems are political corruption and tax evasion. Government officials expected the measures to be passed by parliament in the next two to three weeks after they have been discussed with the troika team which is expected to return to Athens early next week to complete their review. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

first_imgClark County – Dec. 3’s Walk & Knock food drive collected less food but more money than in 2015. The annual event collected 126.3 tons, or 252,600 pounds, of food and more than $16,000 in donations.In 2015, Walk & Knock collected 133 tons of food and $14,000.It’s the Clark County Food Bank’s biggest annual pantry stuffer, relying on about 4,000 volunteers. Besides food collected from people’s doorsteps, food was also collected in donation barrels around the county. Justin Wood, Walk & Knock president, said the amount of money raised could reach $20,000 or more in part because Walk & Knock has some excess funds in its administrative account.last_img read more

FNM Split Leader reaches out to DNA

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, December 12, 2016 – The Bahamas has a new leader of opposition business in the House of Assembly; her name is Loretta Butler Turner and she was on Sunday sworn in by Governor General, Dame Maguerite Pindling.Butler Turner and others formed a coup, which on Wednesday forced Hubert Minnis, the actual leader of the FNM, potentially out of  the position due a constitutional right for them to claim no confidence in him and see him ousted.Hubert Minnis remains leader of the Free National Movement, but is no longer leader of Opposition business in the House of Assembly.  There was also upheaval in the Senate as most of the FNM Senators had resigned following the move late last week.Late breaking info from the Bahamas right now is that Butler Turner, has made Branville McCartney of the DNA the leader of government business in the senate. Related Items: #MagneticMediaNewscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_img Load More Macau electronic gaming machine service provider Success Dragon has announced the appointment of a new Chairman and CEO following the sudden resignation of Tan Teng Hong on Tuesday.His position has been filled instead by 42-year-old Kwan Chun Wai Roy, whose role as Chairman, CEO and Executive Director will also see him serve as Chairman of the executive committee, investment committee and nomination committee and as a member of the remuneration committee of the board.In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Success Dragon said the reason for Tan’s resignation was so he could “focus his time and effort on other businesses.”His departure comes just a week after the company announced a 25.7% decline in revenue for the year ended 31 March 2018, including an 18.2% decline in its “Outsourced Business Process Management” segment for electronic gaming machines to HK$107 million. The segment comprised more than 95% of all revenue.Although overall losses fell from HK$156.2 million last year to HK$131.6 million this time around due to a decrease in operating and administrative expenses, the core “Outsourced Business Process Management” segment saw its loss grow from HK$7 million to HK$11.6 million, due mainly to “the heavy operating cost and worse performance of one of the operation outlets located at the Landmark Macau.”Success Dragon subsequently terminated operation at Landmark Macau during the year, having also been forced to cease the provision of management services to racing businesses in Vietnam in June 2017 due to regulatory changes.In its Wednesday filing, Success Dragon said that Kwan holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Master of Science in Engineering Economic Systems and Operations Research from Stanford.He has extensive experience in the banking, financial and technology sectors and strategic management consultancy experiences in various industries such as pharmaceutical, consumer goods and financial services.Such experience could prove invaluable in Success Dragon’s future pursuits with the company declaring last week its intention to explore opportunities in blockchain to expand its interests and open new revenue channels. RelatedPosts Losses narrow for Success Dragon despite FY19 revenue declinecenter_img Russian Revolution Rise of the machineslast_img read more

Fastmoving grass fire in South MiamiDade burns 15 acres

first_imgSOUTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews were locked in a fierce fire fight in South Miami-Dade after a fast-moving grass fire broke out.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Florida Forest Service crews responded to the scene of the blaze near Card Sound Road and South Dixie Highway, just after 6 p.m. Monday.As of 9 p.m., officials said the fire had burned roughly 15 acres and was about 80 percent contained.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Jagga Reddy demands Godavari water for Sangareddy

first_imgHyderabad: Congress MLA from Sangareddy Constituency T Jagga Reddy urged Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to provide drinking Godavari water to Sangareddy for meeting the drinking water requirements of the people. Addressing the media, he said he has written a letter to the Chief Minister in this regard. He said several parts of the Sangareddy town have been facing acute water shortage and most of the people have been vacating their houses due to this. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us He said the Godavari water is supplied to Patancheru area and demanded that the similar facility be provided to Sangareddy. He said as the Manjira and Singur dams have gone dry, the Sangareddy has been facing acute water shortage. The MLA said 16 TMC of water of Singur and Manjira dams has been released to downstream despite protests from the Congress. He said he has held protests against the release. As there was no flow in Manjira river, the dams have gone bone dry and looking like sports stadiums, he added.last_img read more

first_imgFood aggregator apps Swiggy and Zomato have landed in trouble with notices from Uttarakhand’s health department for serving non-vegetarian food in certain restricted areas in Haridwar. “Local residents had complained to city magistrate Jagdish Lal recently. Following which, we were asked to investigate the matter. The two companies failed to show Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) licence to the teams that had gone to inspect their offices. The firms also had not obtained no-objection certificates from the municipal corporation to deliver non-veg products,” RS Pal, the deputy food safety officer in Hardiwar, was quoted as saying by Times of India.He went on to say that the by-laws in the holy city do not allow the sale of non-vegetarian food, including meat and meat products, within the city limits. This also goes to areas such as Kharkari, Har-ki-Pauri, Kankhal, Jawalpuri, Motichur and Haripur areas of the city.Both Zomato and Swiggy have issued statements regarding the issue. They apologised for hurting the religious sentiments and said that the incident would not happen again.According to the TOI report, the Zomato statement read, “We have been working with FSSAI over the past year to ensure that there are no complaints. We have already applied for a licence for our operations in Haridwar. We respect the religious sentiments of the holy city and will oblige with the directives set by the authorities.””We deeply regret the lapse in delivering non-veg food in the restricted area. We have addressed the issue and would like to reiterate that as of March 16, Swiggy is delivering only vegetarian food in Haridwar,” a Swiggy spokesperson said.”Swiggy has a central FSSAI licence and only lists FSSAI registered restaurants on the platform,” it added. ZomatoCredits: ReutersSwiggy to provide healthcare plans for delivery partnersSwiggy, which has become one of the biggest food delivering apps in the country, announced on Friday that it will provide a sound healthcare plan for its 1.25 lakh delivery partners across India under the name “Swiggy Smiles”.The Swiggy Smiles initiative is also said to have benefits for employees such as medical, and educational.”Delivering millions of orders each month, we believe that our delivery partners are the backbone of Swiggy. Swiggy Smiles is a concrete step in our long-term vision of creating a marketplace that will provide them with best-in-class benefits,” Sachin Kotangale, the vice-president, operations, told Business Standard.last_img read more

George HW Bush remembered for role in Cold War Iraq

first_imgFlowers laid are seen at the base of the statue at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas on 1 December 2018. Flags flew at half-staff in Washington as Americans prepared for a week of solemn tributes to George H.W. Bush, in his home state of Texas and in the US Capitol, a day after the former president died aged 94. Photo: AFPTributes to former US president George HW Bush, who died at the age of 94, poured in from around the world on Saturday as global leaders honoured him for his role in helping to end the Cold War and reduce the threat of nuclear annihilation.Bush, the 41st US president who served in the office from 1989 to 1993, also routed president Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army in the 1991 Gulf War but lost his chance for a second term in the White House after breaking a no-new-taxes pledge.”Many of my memories are linked to him,” said Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, with whom Bush signed a strategic arms reduction treaty that scaled back the two countries’ nuclear arsenals.”We happened to work together in years of great changes. It was a dramatic time demanding huge responsibility from everyone,” Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted Gorbachev as saying.Jing Fang Bu (L), Long Kang Chen (C), and Chen Foster bow in tribute to former US President George HW Bush at the President George HW Bush monument in Houston, Texas on 1 December 2018. Photo: AFPBush, who also served for eight years as US vice president during Ronald Reagan’s two-term presidency and earlier as head of the CIA, died on Friday night at his home in Houston. His death was announced by his longtime spokesman Jim McGrath.Speaking in Buenos Aires, US president Donald Trump called Bush “a high-quality man.””He was a very fine man. I met him on numerous occasions. He was just a high-quality man who truly loved his family,” Trump told reporters at a G20 summit in Buenos Aires. “He was a terrific guy and he’ll be missed. He led a full life, and a very exemplary life, too.”The White House said a state funeral will be held on Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington. Trump, who plans to attend the funeral with first lady Melania Trump, also designated Wednesday as a national day of mourning, and ordered the lowering of the American flag for 30 days.Former US presidents lauded Bush. “His administration was marked by grace, civility and social conscience,” Jimmy Carter, a Bush predecessor and now the oldest living former president at 94, said in a statement.Barack Obama described Bush as “a patriot and humble servant” while Bill Clinton, who defeated Bush in the 1992 presidential election, recalled his “great long life of service, love and friendship.”Bush, a US naval aviator during World War Two, was the father of former president George W Bush, who served two terms in the White House in the 2000s, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who unsuccessfully sought the 2016 Republican nomination for president. Like his sons, he was a Republican.After falling short of his party’s presidential nomination in 1980, Bush ran for the presidency again in 1988 and defeated Massachusetts Democrat Michael Dukakis, winning 40 of the 50 US states.Flags fly at half staff in tribute to former US President George HW Bush, at the entrance of the George Bush Presidential Library on 1 December 2018 in College Station, Texas. Photo: AFPHis death came seven months after that of his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, to whom he was married for 73 years. He was admitted to a Houston hospital with a blood infection that led to sepsis a day after her funeral in April.”The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens,” George W Bush said in a statement.Trump said he spoke on Saturday to George W Bush and Jeb Bush about their father’s death.At a gate outside the Houston neighbourhood where the Bushes lived, residents on Saturday created a makeshift memorial by laying flowers before a US flag.”They weren’t just the president and former first lady, they were part of the neighbourhood,” said Ellen Prelle, who added a poinsettia and remembered the former first couple as involved and caring.At the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, German Chancellor Angela Merkel recalled visiting him in the White House. “He was the father or one of the fathers of German reunification and we will never forget that,” she said.Bush served as president during the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.”His ethos of public service was the guiding thread of his life and an example to us all,” said British Prime Minister Theresa May. “In navigating a peaceful end to the Cold War, he made the world a safer place for generations to come.”Russian President Vladimir Putin said Bush “faithfully served his country all his life – with a gun in his hand during the war years and in high government roles in peacetime,” according to Russian state news agency TASS.EXTENSIVE POLITICAL RESUMEGeorge Herbert Walker Bush, a Connecticut Yankee who came to Texas to be an oilman, died as the patriarch of a Republican political dynasty. He and George W. Bush were only the second father and son to hold the office of president, after John Adams (1797-1801) and John Quincy Adams (1825-1829).His second son, Jeb, undertook his own campaign for the presidency in 2015 before dropping out. Bush’s father, Prescott Bush, was a US senator from Connecticut.A bust of George HW Bush is seen inside the George HW Bush Presidential Library and Museum, a day after the 41st president of the United States died, in College Station, Texas, US on 1 December 2018. Photo: ReutersTrump signed an order closing the federal government on Wednesday in a show of respect for Bush. The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will also be closed on Wednesday in his honour.Bush’s body will arrive at the US Capitol on Monday and lie in state through Wednesday morning. The public will be able to line up to view Bush’s casket continuously from Monday evening until Wednesday morning.Trump said the presidential plane will be flown to Houston to bring Bush’s body to Washington after Trump returns from Argentina. Bush’s body will be returned to Houston on Wednesday and a service will be held on Thursday at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church there.Bush’s casket will then travel by train from nearby Spring, Texas to College Station. He will be buried on Thursday on the grounds of his presidential library at Texas A&M University, the school said. He will be buried in a family plot next to his late wife.Bush had first sought the presidency in 1980, campaigning on experience gathered as a US congressman from Texas, envoy to China, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, United Nations ambassador and chairman of the Republican National Committee.Reagan, the former actor and California governor, vanquished Bush in the Republican primaries but chose him as his running mate, hoping Bush’s reputation as a moderate would balance his own hard, conservative image.The high points of Bush’s presidency included the end of the Cold War, which brought the dissolution of the Soviet Union and its hold on former Eastern Bloc countries.”He was the only one of the world leaders at the time (who) did so much to overcome communism and help Poland,” said Lech Walesa, the former head of Poland’s Solidarity trade union who led protests and strikes that shook communist rule in the 1980s.”He will remain in hearts and memory forever,” Walesa said on Twitter.Bush won a decisive victory in ousting Saddam’s Iraqi army from Kuwait, bringing him popularity at home, and made progress on Middle East peace. But Bush’s foreign affairs victories were overshadowed by a stagnant economy at home. He broke his “read my lips” pledge not to raise taxes and lost his 1992 re-election bid to Clinton, a Democrat.Bush, who was born on 12 June 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts, grew up wealthy, attending elite schools but putting off college so he could enlist in the Navy at 18. He flew 58 missions off aircraft carriers in World War Two and survived being shot down over the Pacific Ocean.After returning from the war, he married Barbara Pierce, with whom he would have six children. After he graduated from Yale University on an accelerated schedule, the Bushes headed to the oil fields of West Texas.It was there that Bush became involved in politics, first losing a US Senate race in 1964 before winning election to the US House of Representatives in 1966.After two terms and another failed Senate bid in 1970, he was appointed by president Richard Nixon as US ambassador to the United Nations. In 1974, president Gerald Ford made him an envoy to China and later director of the CIA.Bush did not endorse fellow Republican Trump, the eventual winner of the 2016 presidential election who attacked both Jeb and George W Bush during his campaign. He did not publicly say whom he voted for in the election, but a source told CNN he went for Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.Bush did send Trump a letter in January 2017 saying he would not be able to attend his inauguration because of health concerns, but wishing him the best.last_img read more

CBS Corp Names Hearst Sony Alum Philip Wiser as Chief Technology Officer

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Digital media veteran Philip Wiser has been named chief technology officer for CBS Corporation. He’s tasked with steering strategy and development across all CBS divisions as it relates to technology.Wiser reports to CBS chief operating officer Joe Ianniello and Jim Lanzone, who is CBS’ chief digital officer and president of CBS Interactive. He replaces Doug Rousso in the CTO role. Rousso recently left CBS after seven years in the role to join MGM.“Phil brings to CBS a truly unique background as both an experienced Silicon Valley entrepreneur and technologist, as well as global media leader. The holder of 13 patents, he is known for his pioneering work in the online digital music, premium content and OTT industries,” Ianniello and Lanzone wrote in a memo to CBS staffers announcing Wiser’s hire. Wiser starts at CBS on Sept. 4 and will be based in New York. Wiser has served as global chief technology officer of Hearst for the past six years. He was chief technology officer for Sony Corp. of America from 2004 to 2006. After Sony, Wiser was co-founder and chairman of Sezmi Corp. Earlier in his career Wiser built a pioneering online music distribution platform as the founder and CTO of Liquid Audio.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Whats behind the color and pattern of bird feathers

first_imgThe research group then tested whether yellow pulses occur at certain stages of feather tract differentiation by staining developing follicles with beta-catenin. Their results indicated that these pulses were not related to any mechanism taking place during tract formation, so they next examined whether the pulses were triggered by feather growth. Finding no correlation between feather growth and yellow pulses, the investigators then theorized that the yellow pulses are governed by prepatterns established before skin differentiation, and governed by the signalling peptide Agouti. They ultimately found that agouti-expressing bands are present in the dermis prior to follicle formation, and that these bands foreshadow the position of the yellow stripes. They confirmed their findings by performing a double in situ hybridzation for agouti and beta-cateninin the species Coturnix japonica.To further demonstrate the relationship between agouti and the yellow pulse, the researchers looked at the striped phenotype in mutant strains of C. japonica. Examining recessive black quails (RB-/-) and fawn quails (FA-/-), they compared differences in phenotypes with genetic data related to the expression of agouti and the duration of the yellow pulse. They found that the agouti gene directly controls stripe width in a dose-dependent manner via the duration of the yellow pulse. On these findings they conclude: “This raises the appealing possibility that striped pattern evolution is governed by differential regulation of agouti expression levels.”Finally, in a grafting experiment designed to determine whether the somitic mesoderm controls agouti expression and stripe position, the researchers transplanted somites and neural tubes from the right side of C. japonica onto the right side of P. colchicus. They used immunohistochemistry staining with QCPN to track cell growth and development from the grafted section, and track expression of Trp1, a marker for black pigment generating melanocytes. The result of their operation was a chimera whose right side showed the phenotypic characteristics of the C. japonica donor, thus demonstrating that the localized expression of agouti and the associated pigments are governed autonomously by the somitic mesoderm.The authors of this study thusly conclude that the striped pattern in birds is governed by a two-part mechanism. First, the somite determines the location and positioning of agouti-expressing bands in the dermis through the establishment of a prepattern. Then, the prepattern is further elaborated on with respect to the differing levels of expressed agouti, which in turn determine the width of each stripe. “These results,” the reasearchers write, “raise the possibility that most natural patterns, including periodic designs, rely on (and are constrained by) a stepwise organization of space that combines late local events producing periodicity and early positional sources ensuring reproducibility, which is the key to fitness and proper directionality (in this case, longitudinal stripes depend on information from axial structures).” More information: Haupaix et al. The periodic coloration in birds forms through a prepattern of somite origin. Science 21 Sep 2018: Vol. 361, Issue 6408, eaar4777. DOI: 10.1126/science.aar4777 Citation: What’s behind the color and pattern of bird feathers? (2018, September 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from To better understand the phenomenon of feather patterning and coloration, a group of French researchers led by Nicolas Haupaix undertook a study of galliform birds. In looking at an initial group of 10 species, the researchers sought to deterimine whether or not early developmental landmarks play a role in establishing spatial reference for periodic patterns in feathering. They identifed two main types of feathers among these species: entirely black (eumelanic) and yellow (a black base and tip, with a central yellow [pheomelanic] band in between). Henceforth, they were able to establish a common stripe sequence emanating from the dorsal midline: a central black stripe, sometimes containing a few yellow feathers, flanked on either side by a yellow stripe, each of which was bordered by another black stripe, which in turn was borderd by another yellow stripe.From this, the researchers observed that an increase in dorsum size correlated with an increase in stripes, suggesting that color pattern variation is not necessarily the result of scaling. In fact, in measuring absolute distances between groups of stripes, they were able to infer that stripe position is determined early, before the skin expands. The researchers also found, by plotting feather tracts in relation to stripe boundaries, “that color boundaries are highly reproducible within species,” but that these boundaries vary between species in relation to stripe width and stripe shape, suggesting that the variations in width and shape are due to local effects present during feather tract formation.Working from these findings, Haupaix and colleagues examined pigment production and feather tract formation during embryogenesis in five galliform species, each representative of distinctive variations in the width and shape of stripes and the organization of the dorsal tract. They found that pigment production begins a few days before hatching, when all dorsal tract feather follicles are visible. The black central feathers are colored first with eumelanin, the default tissue pigment, which is then succeeded by a “pulse” of pheomelanin. This forms the banded yellow pattern of the lateral feathers. This phase is then succeeded by a return to eumelanin production for the farthest lateral feathers and transient production of pheomelan, in the case of birds with a central yellow stripe. Journal information: Science © 2018 While it may be true, as the old adage goes, that ‘birds of a feather flock together,’ what is less certain is how the feathers on those birds come to have their distinct patterns and colorations. Current data suggest that patterns of stripes and spots on animals’ fur or feathers are formed through an open-ended or stochastic process during the embryonic formation of skin, at which time a dynamic—such as Turing’s reaction-diffusion—is at play. On the other hand, owing to their specific orientation and periodictity, and the highly reproducible nature of these patterns within species, it is thought that other factors may also be at work in the development of patterning and coloration. Male Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica). Credit: Ingrid Taylar – Flickr: Mikiko the Quail, CC BY 2.0 Explore further How the clownfish earned its stripes: Color pattern evolution in coral reef fishes This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more