first_imgStuff.co.nz 3 Oct 2012The suspected suicide of a 12-year-old girl in state care may have been prevented if Child, Youth and Family (CYF) had properly informed caregivers of her history and distressed mental state, a coroner has heard.The girl, Krystal, whose last name is permanently suppressed, was found dead by her 7-year-old sister at her Auckland foster home in 2008.The Ministry of Social Development said in a coroner’s hearing in Auckland today that its care plans for Krystal fell well below standard, because it had failed to disclose to her new foster family full details about allegations of sexual abuse and her suicide risk.It also admitted that social workers had incorrectly interpreted a suicidal screening test completed by Krystal leading to a lack of support or counselling and a “tragic” outcome.“What we missed out here were the needs of Krystal,” ministry representative Nova Salomen said.“We were focussed on systems… instead we need to be seeing, knowing and valuing children.”Krystal was one of eight children from a Northland family of 12 taken into care when her parents were arrested on drugs charges in 2006.All eight children were initially placed with family foster carers but were removed after Krystal alleged she had been sexually abused by a person there. The charges were later dismissed after her death.Krystal and her sister had been with the new caregiver, from Barnados, for just three weeks when she died.Barnados manager of residential services Paul Smith, who provided the plan to the caregiver on behalf of CYF, agreed it did not have enough informationhttp://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/7764932/CYF-link-in-girls-deathlast_img read more

first_imgAmel Tuka entered into the finals of the European Championship in Glasgow in a 800-meter race.Tuka, who scored the best result yesterday with time 1: 47.95, today competed with Christoph Kessler, Joe Reid, Philadelphia Sneigh, Andreas Bube and Alvaro de Arrib.Tuka was behind the first 700 meters, but in the last 100 meters he took the pace and was third, which secured him finals.The first was De Arriba (1: 50.12), the second Bube (1: 50.18), and Tuka was third with time of 1: 50.41.last_img

first_imgThe suspects arrested Wednesday were identified as Jason Lewis, 30, of Miami; Christian Diaz, 25, of Miami; Manuel Roman, 29, of Miami Beach; Edwin Guzman, 20, of Lake Worth; Alaa Ali Massri, 18, of Miami Beach; Joseph Martinez II, 28, of Miami; and Stephon Lin, 20, of Fort Worth, Texas.They are facing numerous charges, including unlawful assembly to commit a breach of peace, resisting an officer, disorderly conduct, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, incite to riot and criminal mischief.Police say their officers were assaulted, and their patrol car was damaged at the scene.“In the City of Miami, we support peaceful protests but there will be zero tolerance for those who hide behind the peaceful protesters to incite riots, damage property, and hurt members of the public or our officers,” the police department said in a statement. Miami Police say seven people were arrested for vandalizing statues of Christopher Columbus and Juan Ponce de León in the city.The arrests took place after a confrontation between protesters and police.The altercation reportedly happened after demonstrators spray-painted statues of Columbus and León in Bayfront Park, near Bayside Marketplace, with the letters “George Floyd,” “BLM,” along with a hammer and sickle.Authorities say only three of the people were wanted for the vandalism.“We gave the order, officers went in, arrested these three people. However, the crowd then turned on us,” Miami police Officer Michael Vega explains.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement hc0kNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsc0jWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eu6( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3mgjbpWould you ever consider trying this?😱37cCan your students do this? 🌚9Roller skating! Powered by Firework Around the world and especially in the Indian subcontinent, the sport of Arm wrestling is very popular among the smallest group of friends to even the extent of professional tournaments all over the globe. We, Sports India are organising the inaugural Pro Panja League 2020, and the tournament will see the most elite arm wrestles competing with each other for the ultimate glory. A sport which is dominated by sheer forearm strength, there are several methods the pros use to increase their vigour. Lets check out some of those tactics.Advertisement 1. Pull ups:Pull ups are the single most effective method for bodybuilders, power lifters and athletes to increase their upper body strength, which mostly includes back and forearm muscle training. In case of arm wrestling, regular pull ups are crucial for training your forearm muscles, especially the pronator teres muscle, located on the anterior side of the forearm. A strong pronator muscle results in having a stronger forearm, thus being very effective in arm wrestling. Pros even perform the pull ups with an added weight, usually hanging from their waist or legs, to make their pronator muscles even stronger.Advertisement Pull ups (or weighted pull ups) are crucial to increase forearm strength. (Image Courtesy: Brute Belt)2. Wrist Flexion:Wrist flexion or cupping means to bend your wrist inward and trying to touch your wrist with your fingers. While it depends on the flexibility of one’s wrist, training to flex your wrist helps tremendously in overpowering your opponent in arm wrestling. Pros often use the method of hook technique, a crucial tactic to overpower your opponent. Flexing your wrist makes the opponent open up his bicep, which is as effective way to defeat them.Wrist flexion exercises help in the hook technique. (Image Courtesy: Voice of Armwrestling)3. Tendons and Ligaments:While growing out your forearm muscles are necessary to excel in arm wrestling, training your arm tendons and ligaments are equally important. As professional Canadian arm wrestler Devon Larratt says: “Muscles are the movers, but connective tissues (tendons and ligaments) are everything that holds you together.” Having huge muscles mean nothing if you don’t develop strong tendons and ligaments.Advertisement 4. Less Weight, More Reps:From body weight exercises to weight training, pro arm wrestlers focus on a balance of explosive strength and endurance. While having straight out explosive power is important, keeping a hold on that power is what matters in battling it out with your opponent. So for pros, the focus is always on the endurance. For this reason, they use a lower amount of weight and do more repetitions per set. They perform various forearm exercises such as wrist curls or reverse barbell curls with low weights, but with a high number of reps, ranging from fifty to even one hundred.5. Isometric exercise:The best way to train for arm wrestling is not to do pushing or pulling exercises, but to do  isometric training. Isometric exercise means to keep a muscle under static contraction, which is exactly what happens in arm wrestling. The opponents apply force on each others’ arms, and they try to hold that force in one place until one’s arm falls out. For this reason, the pros need frequent training in isometric exercises, such as holding heavy barbells or dumbbells in one place. This keeps the forearm muscles under contraction, and developing the muscle fibres over time to exert the ability to hold heavy weights.Isometric weight training helps in static holding of a weigh. (Image Courtesy: Getty Images)6. Wring out a cloth:The twisting motion of the wrist proves very useful in arm wrestling, and to train it, the bet go to method for the pros are to do the wringing out a cloth or a towel. While there are no options to overload the weight involved in anyway, prolonged training over a period of time increases the wrist’s twisting power, which is an effective way to dominate your arm wrestling opponent.Training to wring out clothes helps in a stronger twisting ability of the wrist. (Image Courtesy: DLD Running(The online registrations for this event is ongoing and can be done here. Additionally, the on spot, registrations for the tournament can be done on 28th February at the venue in New Delhi. The tournament will begin at 4:30 pm and the entry for the event is free.Pro Panja League Ranking Tournament takes place at Thyagaraj Stadium New Delhi Feb 29th 2020 4:30-7 pm. Be there!Also read-Pro Panja League 2020 Athlete profile: K.Lalhriatpuii5 best arm wrestlers in the world today Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgXiaomi on Thursday launched seven new smart home products including the Mi Band 3, Mi Air Purifier, Mi Luggage, Mi Home security camera 360-degree, Mi TV 4 Pro 55-inch, Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49-inch and Mi TV 4C Pro 32-inch. The Mi Band 3 and the Mi Air Purifier are launched at a price tag of Rs 1,999 and Rs 8,999 respectively. Both the products will be available in India starting tomorrow, September 27.The Mi Luggage and Mi Home security camera 360-degree have been launched for a starting price of 2,999 and Rs 2,699 and will be available for buying starting October 10. The Mi TV 4 Pro 55-inch has been launched for Rs 49,999, the Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49-inch for Rs 29,999 and the Mi TV 4C Pro 32-inch for Rs 14,999. Let’s take a closer look at the new smart home products from Xiaomi.Mi Band 3Xiaomi claims that it is the No.1 wearable brand in the country today. As for Q2, the Mi Band 2 and Mi Band HRX Edition together have gained a 45.8 per cent market share, the company announces. Xiaomi extends its Mi Band series in India with a brand new fitness band called the Mi Band 3. This is the fourth fitness band that the company has launched in India following the Mi Band, Mi Band 2 and Mi Band HRX Edition, which was launched last year. Xiaomi Mi Band 3 has been launched at a price tag of Rs 1,999. The Mi Band 3 will go on sale in India at 12 noon on September 28 via Mi.com and Amazon India store. Xiaomi has also confirmed that the Mi Band 3 will be available across Mi Home and other offline partners very soon.advertisementThe Mi Band 3 comes with a much larger screen of 0.78 OLED screen and 193ppi touchscreen display compared to the Mi Band 2. Just like the Band 2, the Mi Band 3 is also capable of receiving notifications, but what’s new is that Band 3 will also let users read messages in the band’s screen. The Mi Band 3 also shows a 3-day long weather forecast and comes with a unique 2.5D curved design. It also comes packed with a touch button that allows users to decline calls when they are busy.The Mi Band, just like Mi Band 2 comes with hypoallergenic durable silicone strap and weighs 20 grams which makes it light enough to wear the Band for the entire day with ease. The Mi Band 3 comes in three colours — orange, blue and black.The Mi Band 3 comes with a water-resistant feature of up to 50m. Xiaomi claims that the users can wear the Mi Band 3 and go swimming. The Mi Band 3 comes with a lot of new offerings like stopwatch feature, find your phone feature, alarm, among others. The Mi Band 3 comes with 110mAh battery which is 60 per cent larger than the Mi Band 2 battery. The smart Band offers up to 20 days battery life, which Xiaomi says is the USP of the fitness band. The Mi Band 3 allows users to measure heart rate, speed tracking, track sleep patterns and all of it can be done via Mi fit app. The Mi Band 3 also comes with a periodic heart rate timer.Mi Air Purifier 2SXiaomi has launched the Mi Air Purifier 2S for Rs 8,999. The Air purifier will be available for buying in India starting tomorrow, September 28, 12 noon on Mi.com, Flipkart and Amazon.in. The USP of the Mi Air Purifier 2S comes integrated with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The Mi Air Purifier 2S comes with an all-new OLED digital display, more precise air purification, and smarter home integration.The Air purifier comes with an ultra-clear OLED digital display which will let users check real-time air quality, temperature, humidity, and Wi-Fi connection at a glance. Xiaomi claims that the Mi Air Purifier 2S understands the surroundings better. The OLED display automatically adjusts brightness according to ambient light. The Mi Air Purifier 2S comes with the high precision laser sensor and 360° triple-layer filter which removes fine PM2.5 and other micron sized particles like harmful bacteria and formaldehyde effectively from the surroundings. The Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) 310 cubic meters/hour brings a cleaning range of 226 – 398 sq. ft to the Mi Air Purifier 2S. The Air purifier can be controlled from anywhere using the Mi Home app.Mi LuggageXiaomi has launched Mi Luggage in two sizes – 20-inch and 24-inch for Rs 2,999 and Rs 4,299. The Mi Luggage will be available in India starting October 10 at 12noon on Mi.com, Amazon India, and Flipkart. The Mi Luggage is made from scratch-resistant Bayer Makrolon polycarbonate which is the same material found in high-end automotive and sports equipment. The Mi Luggage also comes with a 360-degree rotation wheels which are easy and smooth to carry everywhere one goes. The Mi Luggage 20 inch is available in three colours including — Red, Grey, and Blue, while the 24-inch luggage comes in two colours — Grey and Blue.advertisementMi Home security camera 360-degreeFor better security, Xiaomi has launched Mi Home security camera 360-degree in India for Rs 2,699. The security camera will be available in India for the first time on Oct 10 on Mi.com, Amazon India, and Flipkart. It will soon be available across Mi Home and other offline partner stores. The new Mi Home security camera 360-degree comes with Ai motion detection which can move the camera in all directions and record up to 10 sec videos automatically when movements or changes are detected.The Mi Home security camera also comes with night time recording, meaning it can record videos inside a dark room, thanks to the 10 infrared illuminators packed inside it which help keep the image quality crystal clear even in dark. The Mi Home security camera can record 1080p HD videos, and also supports up to 64GB expandable storage. The camera can be controlled via Mi Home app.last_img read more

Minister Ferreira Says Peoples National CleanUp Day in October

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 26, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira, announced in the House of Assembly, September 20, that his Ministry is fulfilling the first of the Government’s promises, quoted in its public 2017 Manifesto, “to inaugurate the People’s National Clean-Up Day,” launched through the Ministry’s National Clean-Up Plan to start off in New Providence during October 2017, then extend out to the Family Islands “in an island-specific way.”During his House address, the Minister remarked: “Mr. Speaker, I grew upon a clapboard house at the foot of Kemp Road.   We had a broom for sweeping the yard, in fact all of the neighbours did; and every Saturday we did sweep the yard.“Today we live in a Bahamas where we have become accustomed to waste.   Whether derelict vehicles, fridges, stoves, or bulk waste, there is garbage everywhere.   This problem did not happen overnight nor will the fix be overnight, but it is a journey we must all take together.”Minister Ferreira said the theme of the Clean-Up Campaign will be “Keep Our Bahamas Beautiful” and is designed to encourage everyone to “Keep The Bahamas Clean, Green, and Pristine” by appealing to Bahamian pride in our country.   The theme implores cleanliness in our communities by reminding our people to ‘Be A Hero And Put It In The Can Man.’“The campaign will be executed in a five-phase approach with the goal to fully clean New Providence and maintain its cleanliness, and improve the general aesthetics.   New Providence has been divided into five zones and each zone correlates with a phase,” said Minister Ferreira.He explained that each phase will encompasses the constituencies or zones as follows:“Phase 1: Bain Town, Grants Town, St. Barnabas, Englerston and Centerville;Phase 2: Bamboo Town, Pinewood, Nassau Village, South Beach, Sea Breeze, and Fox Hill;Phase 3: Marathon, Freetown, St. Anne’s, Fox Hill, and Elizabeth;Phase 4: Fort Charlotte, Mount Mariah and Killarney; andPhase 5: Golden Isles, Southern Shores, Tall Pines, Garden Hills, Bamboo Town, Golden Gates, Carmichael and South Beach.”Minister Ferreira added: “the Clean-Up Campaign will require the full commitment and involvement of communities and stakeholders.   It will include the removal of garbage, appliances, furniture, derelict vehicles, rodents, and vegetation from lots and lot clearances.”Additionally, the Ministry anticipates that the success of the initiative will translate into the speedy and effective removal of waste; efficient monitoring; ongoing public awareness and education; and enforcement.   The Ministry will partner with media to get the message out.   And there will also be school outreach in hopes that educating the children will mean they will educate the adults they live with at home.“To brand our messages, the project will employ the use of a mascot, which will signal to Bahamians the source of the message disseminated, and the expected environmental content.   Posters for billboards will feature everyday people and celebrities and will be strategically placed at selected roundabouts throughout New Providence,” said Minister Ferreira.“The secret of an effective clean-up campaign is a good enforcement programme.   Appreciating this fact, there will be collaboration with the Health Inspectorate Division of the Department of Environmental Health Services, the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Ministry of Works, Ministry of Agriculture, and Community Leaders who we expect to eventually take the lead in keeping their communities clean, green, & pristine.  We also expect to receive corporate sponsorship and buy-in.”The Clean-Up Campaign is a voluntary event and all citizens and residents alike are asked to join in the community clean-up next month.By: Gena Gibbs (BIS)Photo Caption:  Minister of The Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira.(BIS Photo) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Congress Fails to Appreciate How the BRAC Ban Is Hurting Communities Analyst

first_imgOver the past four years, lawmakers have come up with multiple reasons to reject the Pentagon’s request to hold one or more rounds of base closures, but none of them have held up under scrutiny, especially as DOD faces severe spending constraints, says Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow at American Enterprise Institute.“Congress has dug in for too long on opposing the long-overdue next base closure round. The irony is that this is hurting communities and the military — not helping them, contrary to popular opinion,” Eaglen writes in a commentary published in Forbes.The argument that BRAC does not save money is refuted by the $12 billion the first five rounds are saving annually, she writes. Even the 2005 round, with its emphasis on realigning missions rather than closing facilities outright, is saving $4 billion each year.Lawmakers’ insistence that the department conduct an “overseas BRAC” before pruning its domestic infrastructure ignored the progress all three services have made in shrinking their footprint in Europe over the past 10-plus years as the U.S. presence overseas has been significantly curtailed.The latest rationale for rejecting the administration’s request is that the ongoing drawdown of the armed forces may need to be reversed and, as a result, the department will need more space to accommodate its personnel.“But here again, the numbers just don’t add up,” Eaglen writes. Even if a hawkish administration captures the White House in November, the size of the armed forces is unlikely to grow by more than 4 percent.“[That] does not make a dent in the argument for why over 20 percent excess infrastructure cannot still be reduced to more manageable levels,” Eaglen states.While Congress believes it is protecting defense communities by resisting a new BRAC round, “the hundreds of defense communities across America with a military presence are strongly on the record in favor of outright base closures over the slow bleed that is currently hollowing out many posts and bases from within,” she writes.“Inaction and uncertainty is actually worse than the potential for bad news in the overwhelming majority of communities affected,” according to Eaglen’s commentary.She concludes that it’s time for lawmakers to “finally start to listen to what is best for the U.S. military, the taxpayer, and the constituents back home when it comes to base closures.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

KMC starts special drive to collect house tax arrears worth Rs 4700

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will launch a special drive to collect house tax arrears worth Rs 4,700 crore, Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh said on Tuesday.This is for the first time in the history of the KMC since the Mayor-in-Council system was introduced in 1985 that sincere attempts are being made to collect house tax arrears. Earlier, the state government had allowed waiver scheme twice, namely, between 2000 and 2005 when Subrata Mukherjee was the Mayor and again between 2010 and 2016 when Sovan Chatterjee was the Mayor. But on both the occasions, the KMC could not collect the entire house tax arrears. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedGhosh held meetings with senior officials of the Assessment department to prepare the blueprint that will be followed to collect house tax arrears. The officials of the Assessment department representing various divisions will give the lists containing the names of the tax defaulters to Ghosh who in turn will pass them on to the Councilors. The latter will visit their houses and if they agree to clear the dues, then the KMC will waive 50 percent of the interest and 99 percent of the penalty. If property tax is not paid on time then the KMC imposes 12 percent interest and 15 percent penalty. Ghosh said he has fixed a target of collecting tax arrears which the Assessment department will have to meet by March 31. From April 1 to May 30, the Assessment department officials will have to submit lists of properties that have not been assessed to Ghosh. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe added that the officials will have to inform about the number of pending files twice a month. Ghosh maintained that in South Kolkata, the house tax dues will be around Rs 969.54 crore. In North Kolkata, it is around Rs 640 crore. In Jadavpur, the house tax arrears will be around Rs 129 crore while in Behala, it is almost Rs 160.50 crore. In Garden Reach, the outstanding will be around Rs 22.42 crore while tax from Tollygunge would amount to Rs 260.31 crore. The heavy loss in revenue which the KMC is facing now is the handiwork of the erstwhile Left Front government. The party leaders have told thousands of house tax owners in Behala, Jadavpur and Garden Reach areas, known as the added areas in KMC’s parlance, not to pay property taxes. Kamal Basu, who was the Mayor from 1985 to 1990, sent a team comprising officials of the Assessment department to take stock of the buildings in the added areas and impose a property tax. The officials were beaten up by locals at the instruction of the CPI(M) leaders in Behala in 1986. Following this, the drive was suspended forever. Ghosh said in case of housing complexes if the flat owners’ associations want a meeting with the KMC officials on house tax arrears, then if informed beforehand, he would attend the meetings. Ghosh is very hopeful about the collection of the house tax arrears.last_img read more

Food Battle Mughals vs Nawabs

first_imgThroughout the ages, the cities of Lucknow and Delhi are regarded as the epitome of Indian food. Embedded with rich culture and hospitality, The Imperial, New Delhi brings the drooling ‘Clash of the Titans’ festival for all who wants to be a part of India’s rich culinary journey at the Daniell’s Tavern from November 17– 24.The Delhi contingent is led by Chef Ved Prakash and his Lucknowi counterpart is Chef Mirza Munnawar Baig. Masterchefs Ved and Mirza fight a gourmet battle to present recipes from their archives with cuisines ranging from starters to desserts. The cuisines of Delhi are dominated by the taste of the main ingredients used in the recipe whereas the Lucknowi dishes are more aromatic and rich. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEven though every single recipe on the two distinct menus of the Chefs seemed mouth-watering, the must-try dishes include – kebabs like Dahi kebab, Kakori and Galouti, curries like Paya Shorba and Mutton Korma, Mahi Nazakat, Raamdana ki Tikki, and the aromatic Murgh Dum Biryani. For desserts, the face-off also offers you Bharwa gulab jamun, Khoya jalebi, and the famous Purani Dilli ka Shahi tukda amongst many others. An insight on the chefs surfaces Chef Mirza as the fourth generation of Khansama from Lucknow. His forefathers used to work with Nawabs of Awadh and their gharanas. He presents in this menu traditional kebabs like Kakori, Galouti along with the all-time famous Biryanis. Mirza has generously used his own blend of spices which are prominent in his recipes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThrowing light on Chef Ved’s legacy, his grandfather used to own an eatery in Old Dilli at the time of independence, famous for curries like Paya Shorba and Purani Dilli Ka Mutton Korma. He, therefore, brings in this menu the same flavors inspired by his grandfather’s collection as memoirs from his childhood, straight from the heart of Dilli. His spice levels are in between medium to high and his curries have a velvety texture, for an unforgettable dining experience. Vijay Wanchoo – Sr Executive Vice President and General Manager, The Imperial New Delhi stated, “The concept of ‘Clash of the Titans’ takes you on a delectable culinary journey of Hindustan and revives the traditional recipes, passed on to our Master-chefs Ved and Mirza by their forefathers. The menus by the chefs revisit the legendary food aesthetics of Lucknow and Purani Dilli, passed on from generation to generation”. Mark your calendars at the earliest to be a part of the rich culinary journey and relive the magic of the lost traditions.last_img read more