first_imgOn Saturday, April 12, 2014 stars and athletes from around the country converged on the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona for Muhammad Ali’s 20th Anniversary of Celebrity Fight Night.GRAMMY Award winning superstar of country music Reba McEntire returned for her ninth year as emcee and announced that Celebrity Fight Night would become international celebrating its next event in Italy.The Phoenix Boys Choir kicked off the night with a rendition of the National Anthem. International superstar Michael Buble, entertainment icon Robert De Niro, and philanthropist John Paul DeJoria, were honored with the 2014 Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Billy Crystal were on hand to present to this year’s honorees.Following the awards guests were treated to a host of performances under the direction of the multiple GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter and producer David Foster, who returned for his 15th consecutive year as the evening’s Musical Director. Performances opened with The Band Perry who sang “If I Die Young,” and “Better Dig Too,” followed by Kenny Rogers who sang “The Gambler,” and “We’ve Got Tonight” for the crowd. Ronnie Dunn sang “Red Dirt Road” and “Boot Scoot Boogie.” McEntire took the stage again to perform duets with Kenny Rogers singing “Islands” and Ronnie Dunn singing “Cowgirls Don’t Cry.” Additional performances included, Caroline Kole, Jonathan Antoine, and a compilation of David Foster’s best hits.Michael Bublé brought the crowd to their feet, closing out the evening with an incredible performance including “Feeling Good,” “Haven’t Met You Yet,” and “Save the Last Dance.” Bublé surprised the crowd with a humorous performance of Christmas songs from his best-selling holiday album.The black tie event also featured cocktails, a silent auction, an elegant dinner and an exciting live auction including one-of-a-kind luxury items. The live auction featured a space flight experience onboard the XCOR Lynx, rocketing up to 200,000 feet in five minutes to suborbital space. The two highest selling live auction items of the night were a private dinner at the home of Reba McEntire and a special evening featuring dinner with Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal and Joe Torre at De Niro’s Locanda Verde in New York—each dinner was sold twice for $500,000. Celebrity Fight Night XX raised a total of $8 million benefiting the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as several other worthy charities. Each year dozens of celebrity guests attend the event that has raised $95 million in 20 years.Additional celebrity guests included Yank Barry, Bob Bondurant, Calais Campbell, Michael Carbajal, John Corbett, Yolanda Foster, Jim Higgins, Steve Keim, Nancy Lieberman, Nick Lowery, Harvey Mackay, Sam Moore, Lute Olson, Melissa Peterman, Chris Rich, Ralph Sampson, Richard Sherman, Mayor Greg Stanton, Terrell Suggs and many more.last_img read more

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Rabar – In the midst of an outbreak of foot and mouth disease on Moroccan farms, the National Office of Food Safety (ONSSA) has decided to grant financial compensation for farmers who lost their cattle to the disease, starting this month.The amount of financial compensation may vary depending on the age and breed of the affected animals in relation to their market value.ONSSA announced on Friday that it was conducting a vaccination campaign among susceptible animals across Morocco. So far, the disease has broken out in the provinces of Fquih Ben Saleh, Khouribga, Sidi Bennour, Tangier, and Kelaat Sraghna. Read Also: Morocco Launches Foot, Mouth Disease Vaccine Campaign After OutbreakONSSA’s veterinary services launched their January 2019 plan against the disease, vaccinating more than 500,000 cattle, 17 percent of the cattle in Morocco, ONSSA said in a statement on Friday.FMD is an infectious and fatal viral disease that only impacts cloven-hooved animals, such as cows, goats, sheep, and pigs. Contrary to rumors, it does not affect the health of humans, as the head of ONSSA’s veterinary services, Farid El Amraoui, clarified yesterday. read more

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An Agreement on cooperation in the field of health was signed between the Pakistan government and Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine. The Pakistan Science Foundation and National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka inked a MoU on scientific and technological cooperation. The MoU on sharing statistical and census data was signed between the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics and the Department of Census and Statistics of Sri Lanka.The MoU between the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage and Sri Lanka’s Ministry of International Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs was signed on cooperation in the field of culture. The Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) and the Export Development Board (EDB) of Sri Lanka signed a MoU on cooperation in trade.The MoU for cooperation between the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design and the Gem and Jewellery Research and Training Institute of Sri Lanka was also inked.Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastagir Khan, Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Secretary Commerce Muhammad Shehzad Arbab inked the relevant documents. The MoU on cooperation in the exchange of intelligence related to money laundering and terrorism financing was signed between the Financial Intelligence Unit of Sri Lanka and Financial Monitoring Unit of Pakistan. The Ministry of Science and Technology, Pakistan signed an MoU with Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Research in the field of scientific innovation and cooperation. Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Tuesday signed eight bilateral instruments in diverse fields including cooperation in trade, financial intelligence, science and technology and healthcare, the Daily Times in Pakistan reported.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Srisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe witnessed the signing of documents at a ceremony held here at the President’s Secretariat. read more

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Additional Video: Extended Morning Live coverage of Wynne’s announcement: (Updated)An historic day today in Hamilton as the province announces $1 billion to fully fund light rail transit.Premier Kathleen Wynne came to McMaster University this morning where she made the announcement. The money will be used to fund 100 percent of the capital costs of building an LRT line. The rail line will run from McMaster University, east on Main and West on King, to the Queenston traffic circle.Wynne says construction on the new LRT will begin in 2019, and it will connect directly to the new West Harbour GO train station that will open this summer. She adds the province will continue talks with the city about extending the LRT line another three kilometres east to Eastgate Square.“Decades ago, government investments in ports, canals and railroads helped bring steeldtown into an era of industrial prosperity. Today we need infrastructure that drives Hamilton’s prosperity in the 21-st century economy, we need Hamilton to remain an important driver of our regional and provincial economy, and a place where people can continue to find more opportunity, and more security in life.”“Transit connects the people of Hamilton to each other and to people of the GTHA, So it’s my great pleasure to announce today the Ontario government will be providing up to $1 billion to fund the building of new light rail transit.”The president and CEO of Metrolinx, Bruce McCuaig says the company will work with the city to finalize plans and construction.“The most important thing we are going to be doing immediately is sitting down with the city of Hamilton to talk about things like negotiating a master agreement since we are going to be building this on city streets and we will have to work very very closely with the city and all the communities that abut those streets.”“We’ll need to finalize the planning design for the corridor, where the station locations are, the kind of service that we’ll see, and ultimately we are looking at procuring this going to the marketplace to get bidders to bid on the project in 2017 and to start construction in 2019. ”The province also announced plans to improve GO service and extend the GO Lakeshore West train service to a new stop at Centennial Parkway, which is expected to be completed by 2019.The funding is part of the Liberal government’s planned $30 billion, 10 year plan to invest in public transit and otherinfrastructure projects, with just over half the money dedicated to the Toronto-to-Hamilton corridor.Opinion’s always been divided over LRT, and today’s funding announcement will no doubt create more controversy. It depends on who you talk to and where they live.Most people downtown are excited about it. They think it will make their trip to and from work quicker. “I just came from the east end, and I was on the B-Line bus and it still took me 20 minutes on the bus. That’s supposed to be the fast bus, and it wasn’t that fast so, run through the whole city? That would be good.”“I am not sure what to make of it. Do we need LRT in the city? I am not sure. The bus system works pretty good as is.”“Absolutely not. Put a couple more buses on the rouets or whatever else, but born and raised in this city and we don’t need nothing like that.”But if you come to places like Waterdown, many don’t think it is a good idea. They think it will increase their taxes.“The LRT is a very big project for Hamilton and I am not quite sure that we are ready for it, as it’s only from downtown to possibly Eastgate.”This project will take years to build and that means years of construction delays and years of torn up roads and that could affect local businesses along Main and King Sts, but Hamilton mayor Fred Eisenberger says the city would do everything to make sure they are impacted as little as possible.“I don’t think it has been disrupted in every part of the corridor for 10 years. Whenever we do road reconstruction it has to happen, we know it has to happen. That’s a long-term benefit, so it’s short-term pain for long-term gain.”“We will do everything possible to ensure that we are less disruptive as possible.”Ward 1 councillor Aidan Johnson calls it great news. “This is going to be an economic boom for the whole of Hamilton. The west will particularly benefit. We will connect McMaster to the downtown of the city.” read more

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first_imgThe University of Guelph and Kinross Gold are creating a new education and research network between Canada and Brazil to develop environmental initiatives focused on the use and remediation of land and water. Kinross is providing approximately $1 million in funding and in-kind logistical support over a three-year period to help establish the Kinross Canada-Brazil Network for Advanced Education and Research in Natural Resource Management.Co-ordinated by the University of Guelph, the network will involve university, government and private-sector partners in Canada and Brazil and provide opportunities for international collaboration and multidisciplinary research activities. The network’s major focus will be working with resource extraction industries on resource management initiatives, with the goal of minimising environmental impacts, using natural resources more effectively and developing comprehensive strategies for rehabilitating disturbed lands.The network will explore novel methods to improve soil quality, such as processing mine wastes to use as fertiliser or soil conditioner. Researchers will also investigate ways to adapt vegetation to grow on disturbed lands in order to improve soil and water quality and potentially provide biofuel feedstock.“Both Brazil and Canada are nations whose culture, economy and political development are influenced significantly by their natural resources,” said Kinross president and CEO Tye Burt. “It makes sense that on issues of sustainable land and water use, Canadian and Brazilian institutions collaborate in a meaningful way. We hope this network will prove a new partnership model for expanded co-operation between the private sector and outstanding educational and research institutions like the University of Guelph, as well as government and other partners. Our vision is to create a platform for exponential growth that will keep expanding to involve more partners and projects, building our collective knowledge base on how to manage resources responsibly.”Richard Heck, a University of Guelph land resource science professor who helped create and will oversee the network, said students will be provided with valuable teaching and learning experiences. “Students want the opportunity to solve real-world problems – to actually help make a difference with the environment and with people’s health and well-being.”Alastair Summerlee, the University of Guelph’s president and vice-chancellor, added that the network is a natural fit for the University, which is recognisd globally for its environmental research and education programs and its stewardship. “Kinross is an industry leader in sustainable resource management and is committed to corporate social responsibility,” Summerlee said. “And our university has a reputation for its innovative approaches to protecting water, air and land. Working together, we can develop projects that can serve as models of sustainable development and be replicated by other corporations and in other regions.”last_img read more

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first_imgMelbourne’s Greek music community is mourning the loss of one of its champions, Christella Demetriou, 52, who passed after a long struggle with cancer.A talented composer, musician and visual artist, Christella Demetriou was born in Cyprus; her family arrived in Australia as refugees in 1976.This experience influenced Christella’s political leanings, leading her to become an engaged citizen and a social justice activist of Trotskyist affiliations. She was part of the Democritus’ Workers League Youth, but was never associated with any political party, opting instead to engage in musical activism, channeling her ideas through music.Growing up in Melbourne, she developped a passion for the arts, and music in particular, becoming one of the prominent figures of the rebetiko scene – and the only female bouzouki player in a male-dominated community, playing in venues such as Tsakpina Café, Rhapsody Café, the Boite World Music and so on.From 1996 to 2012 she had been living in Athens, where she got the chance to further explore Greek music and associate herself with the local scene.As a composer, she would find inspiration in Greek poetry, both ancient and Greek; last year, she released Echoes, an album of songs she wrote putting music to the poetry of Sappho and Alcaeus, translated in modern Greek by Sotiris Kakisis. The album featured acclaimed singers Alkinoos Ioannidis and Lizetta Kalimeri, along with jazz pianist Dimitri Kalantzis and Melbourne-based bassist Nick Tsiavos.Christella Demetriou’s funeral is on Tuesday 20 November, at 11am, at the St Dimitrios church in Prahran (380 High Street). Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgBrush Prairie – Washington State University Clark County Extension is offering a free class to teach families how to be aware of the influences of food advertising.The FoodMania Media Literacy class is for children ages 9 to 14 and their parents. Each class will include an interactive lesson for adults and youth, dinner and a $25 grocery store gift card. In addition to education about food advertising, participants will learn how to make healthy eating choices.Classes will take place 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays from Oct. 5 through Nov. 9 at CASEE, 11104 N.E. 149th St., Brush Prairie. The deadline to sign up for classes is Sept. 30.Those who are interested in the topic, but unable to make the classes, may be eligible to participate in a survey for $30 in gift cards.To sign up, contact Erin Middlewood at 360-397-6060, ext. 5721, or erin.middlewood@clark.wa.gov.last_img read more

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first_imgHello Soy Family,As I write this I’m sitting in an airport in Brazil, headed home after a trip with USSEC to the International Oilseed Producers Dialogue. It has been an eye-opening trip to see firsthand Brazil’s soybean fields and meet with local growers. It is clear from this trip that Brazil could find ways to increase production if demand from China increases as a result of the U.S. Administration’s Section 301 tariffs, which are set to take effect in July.With that, I can once again say that trade took center stage this month.On the morning of June 15 President Trump officially announced that the U.S. will implement 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese products, effective July 6. That same afternoon, China responded in-kind, placing a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of U.S. imports, effective July 6. These retaliatory tariffs include a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans. On Monday, June 18, President Trump ordered U.S. trade officials to craft a list of $200 billion worth of Chinese goods that would be hit with an additional 10 percent tariff.ASA, along with board members, states, growers and the entire soy family has worked tirelessly to convey to the Administration and Members of Congress that these tariffs will unduly harm soy growers, and rural America.I hope you joined ASA’s social media days, utilizing the hashtags #TradeNotTariffs and #RethinkTheTariffs, and have taken action through the Soy Action Center. If not, there is still time as we will be utilizing a new hashtag, #FacesOfTariffs on July 3 to show the real impact these tariffs will have across the countryside.This is an issue that frankly isn’t going away easily, and we count on your continued engagement and advocacy.June also saw action on the farm bill. After failing to pass their version of the farm bill in May, the House’s farm bill passed on June 21 with a vote of 213-211. The Senate passed their version on June 28 with a vote of 86-11.ASA continues to encourage bipartisan work in both chambers to see a farm bill completed before it is set to expire at the end of September. A farm bill provides certainty and stability, which is especially needed during this down farm economy and increased volatility in export markets due to heightened trade tensions.Also of note this month was EPA’s announcement of the 2019-2020 RFS levels, calling for 2.43 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel for 2020, which is a 330 million gallon increase over the 2019 levels. For total Advanced Biofuels, an overall category to which biodiesel also qualifies, EPA proposed 4.88 billion gallons for 2019, a 590 million gallon increase over 2018 levels.It has been a busy month, and I look forward to seeing everyone at the board meeting in Washington, DC July 9-12. Your continued engagement is noted, appreciated and most importantly, it is needed. I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of soy growers alongside all of you.See you in Washington. Best, John HeisdorfferPresident, American Soybean Associationlast_img read more

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first_imgWhen foster youth are admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Alaska against their will, they can stay there for up to 30 days without judicial review. Two tribes are arguing that’s too long. The Office of Children’s Services says a judge shouldn’t have to sign off at all on keeping kids at North Star Hospital. The court battle has lasted over two years, and a judge will hear more oral arguments later this month.Listen nowDuring his 18 years in foster care, Nathon Pressley bounced from foster homes to treatment centers, including multiple months-long stays at North Star Behavioral Health Hospital. He said he’s tried to block out most of his memories at North Star, but some things have stuck with him.“The moment you get aggressive in any way, whether it’s physical, verbal, emotional in any way, they can just put their hands on you and say you are a threat to yourself or others,” he said. “Then you stay in a place called the quiet room, which is a secluded, locked door with padded ground, ceiling, and sides and two cameras is what it was before. And Plexiglas windows and you’re just sitting in there.”Pressley, now 19, said he was told he was admitted to North Star because caseworkers and foster parents labeled him “defiant.”“You refuse to take your meds for five minutes, ‘Oh you’re being defiant,’” he explained. “You don’t go to school on one day or you skip school–defiant. You don’t go to bed on time–defiant. You see what I mean?”At different points he tried to follow all of the rules and just walk away when someone upset him, he said, but staff members saw that as disrespectful and he would be in trouble again. Pressley felt harassed.“It gets to the point where either you decide all hope is lost, and you just go and do something to yourself. Or you just say, ‘F-U, I’m going to do my own thing,’ and stand up for yourself. It’s kind of just two choices, and I chose the second one.”Official statistics from the Office of Children’s Services show about 100 foster youth are sent to North Star each year. Until last year, youth could be involuntarily admitted to the institution and stay there indefinitely – without a judicial review.The Native Villages of Hooper Bay and Kongiganak are suing Christy Lawton as the head of the Office of Children’s Services and North Star to stop that practice. The case began more than two years ago. The tribes say that committing foster youth to North Star without oversight violates their rights.“The tribes were sick and tired – to put it bluntly – that their teenagers were being put in a mental institution and being separated from their tribes and their culture when they didn’t have a mental illness, they just needed foster homes,” said Alaska Legal Services’ James Davis, who is arguing the case on behalf of the tribes.OCS Director Christy Lawton denied that kids are placed at North Star because of a lack of foster homes. In a written statement she said, “Placement at a hospital cannot occur unless a medical professional decides that placement at the hospital is medically necessary. In all cases, OCS, as a matter of statutory and policy mandates, has to look toward the least restrictive environment for the placement of a child when the child cannot live in their own home.”North Star did not reply to requests for comments.Amanda Metivier, the executive director of Facing Foster Care – Alaska, said Pressley’s story is fairly common. Many of the 300 youth she works with have been sent to North Star, she said, and she also attributes it in part to a lack of foster homes.“It’s pretty typical, especially for teens in foster care because if you’re in the system, you’re sort of under a microscope already,” she said. Even normal milestones like school dances are under scrutiny. “Everyone’s watching you. Anything you do that’s not convenient for them can be seen as trouble.”Metivier said putting children into North Star without a judge’s oversight violates the foster child’s rights.“I think that when we’re institutionalizing young people, there should definitely be major checks and balances in place first to make sure that’s absolutely somewhere they need to be. That they need behavioral health treatment, and it’s not just normal adolescent behavior.”Davis, the tribes’ lawyer, argues institutionalizing young people when they don’t need it is damaging – and unconstitutional. His plaintiffs also argue the state is violating its own statutes, which require a judicial review within 72 hours for a person who is involuntarily committed to a mental health evaluation or treatment facility.The Department of Law is arguing the statutes about involuntary commitment do not apply to North Star because it is not a statutorily-designated treatment or evaluation facility. It’s a psychiatric hospital.Department spokesperson Cori Mills wrote in an email, “Children who are admitted to North Star Hospital are evaluated and treated as those terms are understood by medical professionals.”In September 2015, Superior Court Judge Erin Marston issued an order in which he wrote, “Given the illustrative cases presented by Plaintiffs, it appears that based on history, foster children may be placed into psychiatric care for issues unrelated to mental health or without sufficient cause and have no guarantee that their placement will be timely reviewed by a neutral factfinder.”The order requires there to be a court hearing within 30 days of a youth being admitted to North Star.Davis said that’s still too long. “How long should a youth be locked up in a hospital before a judge looks at what’s going on and decides if it’s right or wrong? 30 days or 3 days, which is how the rules apply to all other Alaskans.”On September 27, the case will continue. Marston will hear oral arguments to decide if 30 days is the right amount of time and if that’s determined by statutes or by the state Constitution.last_img read more

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first_imgEssar HouseReutersEssar oil’s UK subsidiary, which owns and operates Ellesmere Port-based Stanlow Refinery, on Wednesday said the company is going to invest Rs 1,625 crore ($ 250million) to expand the refining capacity and aiming 400 petrol pumps in Britain in next five years.The oil marketing firm aims to increase its refining capacity from 9.09 million tonnes per annum to 9.7 million tonnes by March 2018, the Economic Times reported.”The investment in revamping of certain units of the refinery would help cut down on crude oil processing cost, improve product slate and lead to marginal increase in capacity,” chief executive S Thangapandian told ET.In revenue terms, the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) P Sampath said revamping would add Rs 65 ($1) to refining margin, translating into Rs 480 crore($70-75 million) in revenue.”The project will deliver enhanced yields of high-value products, reduce crude costs and drive revenue growth,” Thangapandian said.The firm’s net profit for the quarter dropped 17 percent to Rs 351 crore ($54 million), primarily due to the one-time tax adjustment. For the full year, the company reported a net profit of Rs 1,092 crore ($168 million) against revenue of Rs 31,980 crore ($4.92 billion).The firm is owned and controlled by Indian conglomerate Ruia-family of Mumbai. In the last week of August, Essar Group sold 98 percent of its stake in Essar Oil to a consortium led by Russian oil major Rosneft in a deal amounting to around Rs 82,697 crore ($12.9 billion).As part of the deal, oil major Rosneft will get a 49.13 percent stake in Essar Oil, while the Trafigura-UCP consortium will hold another 49.13 percent stake in the company. The remaining 1.74 percent will be held by retail shareholders.Essar has invested over Rs 5,200 crore ($800 million) since acquiring Stanlow in July 2011. The company currently has 39 petrol pumps in the UK currently and has permission to set up another 14. “Our long term target is to have 400 outlets in five years,” Sampath said. Prashant Ruia, Director, Essar Capital speaks during a news conference at the company’s headquarters in Mumbai, India August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiReuters”The major investment we have confirmed in Stanlow will materially increase throughput and further grow revenues, building on the tremendous progress we have made in turning around the business over the past six years,” said Prashant Ruia, non-executive chairman of Essar Oil UK.The firm has recently entered the direct aviation fuel supply market by selling the fuel produced at Stanlow to major airlines such as Emirates, Etihad, Jet2.com and Oman Air, ET reported.last_img read more

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first_imgIn a case that could give a thriller a run for its money, the city police investigating the death of a septuagenarian in a fire in his home on Thursday stumbled on a man living with the skeletons of his elder sister and two dogs for the past six months.The police investigating a fire on the second floor of 3, Robinson Street in the heart of the city found the charred body of 77-year-old Arabindo De, owner of the house, from a bathroom on Wednesday night. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI”Following last night’s incident, we had posted two constables outside De’s flat. Seeing them, De’s son Partho (45) reacted abnormally,”  said Pallab Kanti Ghosh, special additional commissioner of police (crime).The police had initially thought his behaviour was due to the grief of losing his father. But when they questioned Partho, he narrated a bizarre story of his father storing his sister’s skeleton and those of two pet dogs inside the house, Ghosh said. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindThe police conducted a search and found three skeletons allegedly belonging to his elder sister Debjani (50) and two dogs from one room and a suicide note purportedly written by the father from another room.The note dated June 8 this year said none was responsible for his death. Ghosh said that during interrogation Partho told the police that Debjani was depressed after the death of two dogs last year and had stopped eating. She died six months ago.”We found ample dry food near the skeletons, which Partho said he was feeding his sister and the dogs,” the ACP said.”We believe Partho could not accept his sister’s death and did not cremate her body. We have sent him to a mental hospital. We are taking medical help to ascertain whether he is mentally stable or not,” Ghosh said. No case has been registered in this connection.last_img read more

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first_imgThere are more “copy masters” and fewer trendsetters among those playing the sarod these days, laments maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, saying the focus for performers today is the “shining, glittering” world of television and social media. “Since they have access to content and recordings especially on YouTube, it’s easy for them to imitate any sarod player. So, now we have lots of copy masters in the country. The trendsetters are very, very rare,” the 72-year-old music guru said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Globally, there are about 500 sarod players. Unfortunately, instead of learning and understanding the depth of Indian classical music, every sarod player has a very strong opinion,” he further explained being very sad about the present state. “The focus is only to perform because of the glittering, shining world of television and social media where you can post anything and say anything,” the sarod virtuoso maintained. Khan is sixth in the lineage of a family devoted to Indian classical music’s Senia Bangash Gharana. The 2001 Padma Vibushan recipient first performed when he was just six years old. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKhan, who was trained by his father, Gwalior court musician Hafiz Ali Khan, said he couldn’t think of doing anything other than playing the sarod as its sound had a global appeal. “It was my duty, my pleasure, my passion to carry on the family tradition,” he said, referring to the work of the generations before him and his ambition to take it forward. “I wanted to make the canvas much larger, much bigger, and be more expressive on the Sarod,” the widely-heard musician added. He also pointed to the differences between his learning days and the present day. “I didn’t have access to tape-recorders because there was no money to buy them. There was no television; One could only hear music through All India Radio. “There used to be a very important programme on Saturday night which I heard, called the National Programme of Music,” he recalled. On teaching his own sons, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash — themselves established names in the field of sarod — the Ustad said that it was a big responsibility.”Teaching my own sons was not my decision. They showed interest and positive signs, and then I shared everything with them,” he said. “I tried to introduce music to Amaan, my elder son, from his very early days. I tried interesting methods to teach so that he doesn’t find it difficult.” Ayaan, his younger son, soon followed in his footsteps, and as per the music maestro, both of them are on the “right track” in life. After rendering the National Anthem on sarod, they recently turned to the bhajan “Vaishnav Jan To”, which Mahatma Gandhi held close to his heart. They rendered it an an HCL concert, part of a monthly series, here last week. His association with Gandhi goes back to his 125th birth anniversary, when he played an improvised ‘Baapu Cause’ ‘raga’ at a Unesco commemoration in Paris.IANSlast_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: State Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said on Tuesday that slum dwellers residing in vacant government plots can now have their own dwellings in that place.”We have instructed the Block Land Revenue Officer (BLRO) that in places where slums have come up, government land that has been lying unutilised will be leased out and dwellings can come up under the government sponsored ‘Nijo Bhumi Nijo Griho’ scheme. Houses can also be constructed under the ‘Banglar Bari’ scheme,” Hakim said, while tabling the West Bengal Thika Tenancy (Acquisition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2019, in the state Assembly. He stated that the decision has already received the approval of the state Cabinet. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned that over the years, most of the thika properties have either become dilapidated for various reasons or have gone under litigation, leaving no scope for development and reconstruction for improving the living conditions of the people, their safety and security. “The Bill empowers the tenant to build his own house by taking bank loans, or through the government’s ‘Banglar Bari’ Scheme,” Hakim said. He added that the dream of slum dwellers to live in flats can be fulfilled and in this context, the Bill can be regarded as historic. He asserted that sanction would also be given for G+4 buildings. He further stressed upon taking necessary measures to avoid “promoter raj” during enactment of the Act. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”The tenants’ right of the thika land will be upheld through this Act. We don’t want housing scams like the Dharavi Policy in Mumbai or similar scams in Gujarat,” he said. Hakim said that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation has conducted a survey with the thika controller and enlisted the amount of land under thika tenancy. According to sources, the move would benefit the inhabitants and tenants of the slum areas of Burrabazar, Ahritola, Jadavpur, Chetla and Topsia, wherein they would be able to build residential buildings on their own.last_img read more

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first_imgWomen who take antibiotics over a long period of time are at increased risk of heart attack or stroke, a study claims. The study, published in the European Heart Journal, found that women aged 60 or older who took antibiotics for two months or more had the greatest risk of cardiovascular disease, but long duration of antibiotic use was also associated with an increased risk if taken during middle age (aged 40-59). The researchers could find no increased risk from antibiotic use by younger adults aged between 20-39. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe possible reason why antibiotic use is linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease is because antibiotics alter the balance of the micro-environment in the gut, researchers said. “Antibiotic use is the most critical factor in altering the balance of microorganisms in the gut. Previous studies have shown a link between alterations in the microbiotic environment of the gut and inflammation and narrowing of the blood vessels, stroke and heart disease,” said Lu Qi, director of the Tulane University in the US. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, the team of researchers studied 36,429 women who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study, which has been running in the USA since 1976. The current study looked at data from 2004 to June 2012. In 2004 the women were aged 60 or older, and they were asked about their use of antibiotics when they were young (20-39), middle-aged (40-59) or older (60 and older). The researchers categorised them into four groups: those who had never taken antibiotics, those who had taken them for time periods of less than 15 days, 15 days to two months, or for two months or longer. During an average follow-up period of nearly eight years, during which time the women continued to complete questionnaires every two years, 1,056 participants developed cardiovascular disease. The researchers also found that women who used antibiotics for periods of two months or longer in late adulthood were 32 per cent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than women who did not use antibiotics. Women who took antibiotics for longer than two months in middle age had a 28 per cent increased risk compared to women who did not. These results which were found in the research mean that among women who take antibiotics for two months or more in late adulthood, six women per 1,000 would develop a cardiovascular disease, compared to three per 1,000 among women who had not taken antibiotics. “By investigating the duration of antibiotic use in various stages of adulthood we have found an association between long-term use in middle age and later life and an increased risk of stroke and heart disease during the following eight years,” said Yoriko Heianza, a research fellow at Tulane University “This is an observational study and so it cannot show that antibiotics cause heart disease and stroke, only that there is a link between them,” Qi said. “It’s possible that women who reported more antibiotic use might be sicker in other ways that we were unable to measure, or there may be other factors that could affect the results that we have not been able take account of,” he said. “Our study suggests that antibiotics should be used only when they are absolutely needed. Considering the potentially cumulative adverse effects, the shorter time of antibiotic use the better,” he further added.last_img read more

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first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATE: All lanes have now reopened on the M6. Delays are still reported back to Junction 18. Two lanes are closed on the M6 this morning due to an accident involving a car and a lorry. There is very slow traffic due to the accident on the motorway’s Southbound carriageway between J17 A534 ( Sandbach / Crewe) and J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent). Lanes one and two (of three) are closed. The lorry has left the scene and recovery has arrived for the car involved – according to traffic data company INRIX. There are reports of delays of 50 minutes against expected traffic – with disruption set to continue for the rest of the morning. A spokesman for Highways England said: “Lanes 1 and 2 are now closed M6 southbound btwn J17 and J16 while emergency services deal with the collision.” Read MoreNews, traffic and weather from North Staffordshire and South Cheshire on October 30 North West Motorway Police have confirmed lanes one and two are closed. A spokesman said: “RTC J17-16 M6 Southbound. Lanes 1 and 2 closed – traffic passing in lane 3” Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service are also understood to be en route.last_img read more

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first_imgShe added that she always advises tourists to listen to the local people regarding which places are safe to visit and which are dangerous. Most of the tourists she takes on tours around the area ask her about security issues when they visit Ladysmith.“I just hope the kidnapping of tourists ends, as this will definitely have a negative impact on our towns if it continues,” concludes Ladysmith historian / tour guide Liz Spiret.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The recent kidnapping of British tourists in South Africa has sent shock waves through social media.The British government has reacted by warning its citizens that there is a threat from extremists linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) group in South Africa.Two suspects, Sayfydeen Aslam Del Vecchio (38) and Fatima Patel (27), were arrested on Friday in Ngoye. They were taken to Hlobane police station near Vryheid, where a case of kidnapping and robbery was opened.According to reports, a six-figure sum had been drawn from the couple’s account, which raised suspicion with the bank, who in turn alerted police and the Hawks.Read full story HERELadysmith tour guide Liz Spiret commented that, “This is shocking news! Yes, if kidnapping activities like this are taking place, it might affect tourism in Ladysmith and the rest of South Africa.”last_img read more

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Growth amongst world youth travellers has been sustained and is expected to progress over the coming years, according to a new survey.STAY WYSE’s sixth annual Youth Travel Accommodation (YTA) survey consisted of respondents from 2,200 YTA establishments across the globe.STAY WYSE Association chairman Ulises Ortega was pleased with the growing year-on-year occupancy rates.“These results are amazing and show what a vibrant and buoyant market there is in such hard times,” he said.“We have seen some fascinating statistics come through this year and we can now put actual figures to some of the market trends of occupancy seen in Australia, Europe and the US.” According to STAY WYSE, the results of the survey will allow operators to benchmark their own performance against global and regional standards.The 2012 survey provides results for 26 countries and nine cities, worldwide, detailing occupancy rates, revenues, bed rates, booking sources, revenues per available bed, booking lead times and more.Official survey findings will be released during the STAY WYSE seminar at the World Youth & Student Travel Conference in September at the Sheraton San Diego Bay Hotel, California. Youth Travellast_img read more

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first_imgEmployment levels in Cyprus rose in the first quarter of 2017 an annual 3.4 per cent, which was the third highest in the euro area after Malta’s 6 per cent and a 3.5 per cent in Ireland, the European Commission’s statistical office said.Compared with Q4 2016, employment level in Cyprus rose 0.7 per cent -as much as in Spain, which was the tenth highest in the EU and the seventh highest in the euro area, Eurostat said in a statement on its website on Wednesday.In the EU and the euro area, employment levels rose in the first quarter of 2017 an annual 1.5 per cent and 1.4 per cent respectively, Eurostat said. Compared with the first quarter of 2016, employment levels in the EU and the single currency bloc rose 0.4 per cent.“Eurostat estimates that, in the first quarter of 2017, 234.2m men and women were employed in the EU28, of which 154.8m were in the euro area, highest levels ever recorded in both areas,” the statistical office said. “These figures are seasonally adjusted”.In the first quarter of the year, employment level rose compared with the respective period of 2016 in all countries except Latvia, Romania and Lithuania, where it dropped 2.8 per cent, 0.4 per cent, and 0.4 per cent, respectively.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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