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‘Save Ganga’ crusader Agarwal dead

first_imgG.D. Agarwal, 86, who was on a fast to save the Ganga, died following a heart attack on Thursday. Formerly a professor in the civil engineering department at IIT-Kanpur who had adopted the name Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand, the environmentalist was vocal on disallowing hydroelectric projects in Uttarakhand along the Ganga.In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June, he declared his intention to go on a fast as several of his demands had not been met.Agarwal’s key demands included a special law to deal with pollution and encroachment on the Ganga, and maintaining the environmental flow of the river to prevent pollution. He was subsisting on a diet of honey, lemon and water and, according to a senior official in the Water Ministry who was abreast of his activities, had given up water in the last week.“He was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, and succumbed to a heart attack,” the official told The Hindu.last_img read more

Indian American Suraj Patel Announces Candidacy for US Congress

first_imgIndian American Suraj Patel has announced his candidacy for US Congress in New York’s 12th Congressional district.“I didn’t plan to enter the political arena myself until after this last Presidential Election when many of us realized we can’t sit on the sidelines anymore,” said Patel.‘My family moved here from India searching for opportunity, and they seized it when they got here. They worked their way up from security guards and store clerks to building a business and raising four unruly boys to adulthood. Their story and our stories need to be told so that we all remember how wonderful this country already is and what truly makes it great. So much about this country is inspiring except for its politics right now, and we have an obligation to change that.”Read it at Indian Panorama Related Itemslast_img read more

Furious Alex Compton says Magnolia played ‘dirty basketball’ in Game 4

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlaska head coach Alex Compton was livid as he entered the press room for a post-game interview following the Aces’ gutsy victory over Magnolia in Game 4 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Wednesday night.Compton was in no celebratory mood despite Alaska knotting up the series at 2-2 and with momentum on its side heading into a pivotal Game 5 less than 48 hours from now.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Alaska ties PBA Finals, holds off Magnolia in Game 4 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The usually well-disposed Compton was furious over what he described as “dirty basketball” being played by Magnolia.Compton claimed his players “were punched multiple times” throughout Game 4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“We have an officiating crew that perhaps didn’t see it and I understand that they can’t see everything, but Jio (Jalalon) punched us, somebody punched Mike (Harris) in the testicles, somebody punched Chris (Banchero) in the testicles at what point is that gonna get called I don’t know but I’m sure that next game it will and we can just play basketball,” Compton said as he rolled up his sleeves.“That’s dirty basketball. Calling it anything else would be a lie and I’m not a liar.” View commentscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion It’s still unclear if indeed Hotshots guard Jio Jalalon threw a punch and if Aces import Mike Harris “got punched in the testicles” as what Compton claimed but it was clear as day that Aces playmaker Chris Banchero was punched in the groin by Hotshots guard Mark Barroca less than three minutes left in the game.Barroca got away from the referees but his low blow couldn’t escape the camera as his punch was shown on replay multiple times.When asked about the incident, Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero came to the defense of his veteran ward.“He’s just saying that,” Victolero said in Filipino when told about Compton’s comments.Banchero did have the final say when he accounted for seven of the Aces’ last eight points. He finished with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

With group holidays meeting both these criteria, it is not

first_imgsurprising that such packages have many takers. 81% of respondents chose group holidays because of their Cost Effectiveness. 68% respondents choose group holidays, thanks to their inclination towards home food. – 87% of respondents in Delhi and 73% in Ahmedabad selected Indian Food as the decisive factor for opting for group holidays. – 89% of people in Kolkata prefer to travel with their regional community on group holidays. Holiday experiences – gender preferences Women – Women look at holidays primarily as an escape from the household chores. They seek pampering and indulgence which they are not usually able to indulge in back home. – Long relaxing spas and beauty treatments tops the list of indulgence. Women respondents enjoy spending on shopping at the local markets and buying collectibles and souvenirs. – Playing cards and indulging in adventure sports is a rising trend among them. Men – Men seek space when on a holiday. A holiday for them is fundamentally a holiday from people, networking and associating. – Men love exploring quirky markets that are not to be found in their own city or country. The idiosyncrasy of the locale captivates a male traveler and adds to the thrill. – Like women seek freedom from household chores, men want to free themselves from the burdens of workplace and economy. With family, some men feel uncomfortable ditching them for a bar hopping or night crawling session. Some prefer to visit places without families to avoid the guilt and discomfort if the family is not like minded. MORE PRN PS BMRadvertisementlast_img read more

Bailey: No Man Utd & Liverpool snub regrets

first_imgLeon Bailey has no regrets at having shunned the advances of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in the past.Having burst onto the scene at Belgian side Genk, the Jamaican winger has been heavily linked with moves to Premier League heavyweights for several years.It appeared as though a switch to England would be made in January 2017 as he prepared to step up the European football ladder, but his career path took him in a different direction to Bayer Leverkusen. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Bailey has continued to flourish in Germany, sparking more transfer talk, but he considers himself to be in the perfect surroundings and in no need of an imminent change of scenery.He told FourFourTwo of his Premier League snubs: “Manchester United, City, Chelsea, Liverpool – a lot of clubs were interested.“But the most important thing as a pro is taking things a step at a time and not rushing to the top too quickly. Because once you get there, where do you go next?“I believe the right timing is important, and it was the right moment to be at Bayer Leverkusen.“They are a tremendous club with so much history. A lot of good players have come from there; they can get into the Champions League and are always doing well. So why not them? It was the perfect move for me and I’m happy I made it.“My focus isn’t really on moving anywhere yet. I’m just about what’s happening right now rather than what could happen in the future. I’m still learning.”Leon Bailey Bayer Leverkusen 26092018Bailey admits that Chelsea have shown the strongest interest across his career to date, with the Blues having been monitoring his progress since he was a teenager.He is now an established 21-year-old senior star and those at Stamford Bridge will face fierce competition for his signature if any transfer scramble is sparked.“Chelsea have been interested in me since I was maybe 14 or 15, but as a young player you want to start on a normal level and not just go there because of the name of the club,” said Bailey.“You want to develop in the right environment; around the right minds and mentality. Genk was right for me at that moment – I fitted right into the youth system perfectly. That’s where I wanted to start, so I went for it.”Goal revealed back in May that Premier League champions Manchester City had Bailey on their radar, but he saw out the summer window in Germany and committed to a new contract in August which ties him to Leverkusen until 2023.last_img read more

Wrestler Kripa Shankar for changes in all weight categories

first_imgNew Delhi, May 24 (PTI) Former India wrestler Kripa Shankar Bishnoi has made three suggestions to the United World Wrestling (UWW) over changes in all weight categories. The UWW will discuss the proposed changes with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the senior world wrestling championship scheduled to be held in Paris from August 20 to 27. “United World Wrestling is ending the small weight class. In that case, the medal table of Asian countries, including India, will also be affected. Because the Asian wrestler is better in small weight groups. Small weight group has also been advised to give place,” Bishnoi, an Arjuna Awardee, said in a statement. Bishnoi had already suggested to the United World Wrestling and the Indian Wrestling Federation that the current Greco-Roman wrestling rules required amendment. In Paris, the governing body of the sport is also expected to take a decision to increase existing eight weight categories to 10 in all UWW competitions, including the world and continental championships, World Cup and Golden Grand Prix events. The International Organisation for Wrestling has suggested change in the weight categories of wrestling rules for men, women and Greco-Roman weight categories. According to the UWW, the 57kg, 65kg, 74kg, 86kg, 97kg and 125kg freestyle categories may be changed to 60kg, 70kg, 80kg, 90kg, 100kg and 130kg. The current weight divisions of 59kg, 66kg, 75kg, 85kg, 98kg and 130kg in the Greco-Roman style could be changed to 60kg, 70kg, 80kg, 90kg, 100kg and 130kg. Among the women, the current weight classes are 48kg, 53kg, 58kg, 63kg, 69kg and 75kg. The proposed new weight classes are 48kg, 55kg, 60kg, 66kg, 72kg and 78kg. The former India star now coaches the Indian Railway wrestling team. PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

India vs New Zealand, T20I series: Ross Taylor teases Virender Sehwag in Hindi

first_imgThe banter between Virender Sehwag and Ross Taylor in Hindi on social media last month left the fans in splits.The witty conversation between the two cricketers started when Sehwag called Taylor ‘Darji ji’ while congratulating the Kiwi batsman for his heroics in the first ODI to lead New Zealand to victory.Taylor, a typically friendly Kiwi, too responded in Hindi.Well played @RossLTaylor Darji ji . Great effort after handling the pressure of Diwali orders .#indvsnz- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 22, 2017Thanks @virendersehwag bhai agli Baar Apna order time pe Bhej dena so Mai Apko agli Diwali ke pehle deliver kardunga ….happy Diwali- Ross Taylor (@RossLTaylor) October 23, 2017Hahaha Masterji , is saal waali patloon hi ek bilaang choti karke dena next diwali pe. Ross the Boss, most sporting 🙂 Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 23, 2017No one can match up to your high standards of stitching Darji ji , whether it is a pant or a partnership @RossLTaylor Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 23, 2017Taylor, who sat out of the first two Twenty20 internationals of the three-match contest, currently tied at 1-1, has now been looking for a real DARJI — Tailor — in India.After New Zealand defeated India in the second T20I to level the series, Taylor got his timing right to respond to Sehwag and give fans a further glimpse of his humour — in Hindi.Taylor found a tailor’s shop in Rajkot, took a picture and posted on his Instagram account captioned, “@virendersehwag #Rajkot mein match k baad, #darji (Tailor) Ki dukaan band. Agli silai #Trivandrum mein hogi… Zaroor Aana. #India #IndvNZ.”advertisementSehwag was left impressed by Taylor’s Hindi and asked whether the Kiwi star was eligible for an Aadhaar card.Highly impressed by you @RossLTaylor . @UIDAI , can he be eligible for an Aadhaar Card for such wonderful Hindi skills. Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 6, 2017″Highly impressed by you @RossLTaylor. @UIDAI, can he be eligible for an Aadhaar Card for such wonderful Hindi skills,” Sehwag tweeted.How much ever fun one has, Government always has the last laugh 🙂 Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 6, 2017Taylor had also posted a couple of photos during a practice match in Kanpur before the final ODI last month where his name was misspelt as ‘Taler’ and ‘Telar’ on the scoreboard.The series-decider will be played in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.The New Zealand batsman finished with 155 from three innings in the ODI series which India clinched 2-1 by bouncing back with victories in the second and third ODIs.last_img read more

Sony Xperia XZ3 renders leak ahead of IFA 2018 launch on August 30

first_imgSony is at IFA 2018 in Berlin where it is gearing up to launch its next flagship Xperia phone, which is most likely the Xperia XZ3. We have heard about the flagship for a while now and details regarding its design and specs have been a little middling. But a new report by gives us our clearest look at what the Xperia XZ3 will look like as well as the hardware it is going to bring.Roland Quandt of has been pretty spot on when it comes to smartphone leaks and we expect the latest renders and specs details of the Xperia XZ3 to be accurate as well. Starting off with the renders, the upcoming XZ flagship will continue to sport an ambient design with curves and arches, especially on the back. The rear panel is made up of glass that will seamlessly curve into the metal frame. The device will be offered in four colours as per the renders – Black, White, Green and Red.Up front, the Xperia XZ3 will continue to sport an 18:9 display and will not join the latest trend of notched displays. That’s not surprising considering it took Sony quite a while to adopt full-screen displays. Notably, the bezels on the top and bottom of the XZ3 will be a little wider to accommodate two powerful front-facing speakers. The display itself is said to be a pOLED panel but the size is as yet unknown.Powering the Xperia XZ3 will be a Snapdragon 845 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It seems this will be the only variant on offer and there is no word yet on support for storage expandability. Interestingly, past reports suggested that the Xperia XZ3 will sport dual cameras on the back, but the renders seem to confirm that Sony will continue with a single camera setup. It is possible that the XZ3 Premium model will get the dual camera system much like the XZ2 Premium. Notably, the phone will be the first to ship with Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box.advertisementThe single camera on the XZ3 will bring a 19-megapixel Sony sensor, but it’s unclear whether it will support OIS or EIS. As per the report, the front camera will bear a 13-megapixel sensor. The device is also said to house a 3,300mAh battery with support for USB Type-C. The report adds that the pricing of the Xperia XZ3 should be around 800 euros. We’ll know if the details provided by Quandt are true in just a few more hours.last_img read more

Craft Embraces the Strength (and Style) of Bamboo Bicycles

first_imgBoasting a strength greater than steel yet a weight as light as aluminum, bamboo is an incredibly unique material that’s popping up in products ranging from computer keyboard and mouse covers to cutting boards and even wrist watches. So why not bamboo bicycles? Launched via the popular crowdfunding site Indiegogo is exactly this, an innovative bamboo bicycle that’s not only uniquely constructed but aesthetically pleasing to boot.Related: Priority Bicycles lives the laid back lifestyle with its Coast beach cruiserCreated by a company out of Bucharest, Romania called Craft Bicycle, these one-of-a-kind rides boast some of the highest quality components and construction of almost any relative bike. Aside from its bamboo frame — of which required roughly 60 hours of work to build — the bike is also constructed using natural hemp fibers and a bio-resin that creates a nearly indestructible seal on all its joints. Additionally, aircraft-grade aluminum was utilized to create the rest of Craft Bicycle’s sturdy frame.“Our objective from the very beginning was to create a truly unique bicycle, one that would be the pride of any bike-rider,” reads the Indiegogo campaign. “The process involved multiple iterations of drawing, modeling, building, and testing until we were sure we had a bamboo bike that will turn heads. Now, after years of research and testing, we can proudly say that our bicycles are made from the best quality materials on the market.”In addition to its frame, a Craft Bicycle bamboo bike also comes standard with Shimano’s Nexus 7 gear shifter, its Rapid Fire Shifter mechanism, Ryde’s Sputnik braking system, and Schwalbe’s Kevlar reinforced Delta Cruiser tires. Furthermore, the Romanian company enlisted the help of Brooks England for the bike’s leather saddle and leather grips which perfectly round out the product’s incredibly high quality across the board.Those who fancy a bamboo bike can simply head on over to Craft Bicycle’s Indiegogo page to secure a model for themselves, though it is worth pointing out the bikes cost a rather pretty penny. While “Super Early Bird” adopters have the ability to purchase one for roughly $1,107, the typical retail price figures to sit closer to around $1,350. At least buyers can rest assured the thing won’t break down on them anytime soon. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Carbon Fiber Explained: Why It’s the Perfect Outdoor Gear Material Editors’ Recommendations The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functionallast_img read more

Kotak Mhambrey replace Dravid as India A U19 head coaches for SA

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Saurashtra captain Sitanshu Kotak and ex-India seamer Paras Mhambrey have replaced Rahul Dravid as head coaches of India A and U-19 sides respectively following a reshuffle in the support staff for juniors. Dravid has recently been appointed as the National Cricket Academy’s head of cricket operations and will be preparing the roadmap for India A and U-19 teams along with upgradation pan for the existing coaching module. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh It will require him to stay more at the NCA even though he is free to travel for A or U-19 tours whenever he deems necessary. “There will be no formal announcements on this as all these people are NCA staff and this is an internal rejigging,” a BCCI official told PTI. Kotak, a former left-hander, who played as many as 130 first-class games, worked as a batting coach of the India A team that recently toured West Indies. It is learnt that his coaching skills and work ethic impressed Dravid and it was decided that he will continue in that role. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Dravid’s NCA appointment also led to the elevation of Mhambrey as the head coach of the India U-19 team. The former pacer, who played two Tests and three ODIs, was already Dravid’s understudy as a bowling coach for the past three years in the A and U-19 set-up. Mhambrey’s place as bowling coach in the A team will be taken by former Mumbai off-spinner Ramesh Powar, who was the Indian women’s team chief coach till recently before his much-publicised spat with veteran Mithali Raj after the Women’s World T20 in the West Indies. The fielding coach of the A team will be T Dilip, who was also shortlisted for the senior team’s fielding coach’s job. While Kotak and Powar’s appointment is a short-term one for the series against South Africa A that starts in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday, Mhambrey and Abhay Sharma will continue as Dravid’s permanent support staff at NCA as well as the coaches of the U-19 team for Asia Cup. Hrishikesh Kanitkar will be the batting coach of the U-19 side having worked with this set-up during the U-19 tri-series win in England.last_img read more

Canadian Cancer Society turns around finances after cutting excess fat postmerger

first_imgTORONTO – The Canadian Cancer Society says last year’s merger with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation has paid healthy dividends, taking the charity from running a substantial deficit to a solid surplus.The charity was carrying a $24.8-million shortfall on its books prior to the Feb. 1, 2017 merger.But the revamped organization, which operates under the Canadian Cancer Society banner, has posted a nearly $8-million surplus as of Jan. 31 for the year after it joined forces with the Breast Cancer Foundation.“That is really the result of a tremendous amount of efficiencies and savings that we’ve done through a series of tactics throughout the year, primarily in the area of operating and fundraising costs,” said president and CEO Lynne Hudson, who had previously held that title with the foundation.To attain those savings, the amalgamated charity moved to a consolidated business model, creating a national board of directors with representatives from each province and centralizing operations like IT, human resources, communications and marketing at head office, instead of having those functions organized separately in multiple regional offices, as was the case pre-merger.The CCS also targeted redundancies in the combined entity, cutting a quarter of staff — going from about 1,060 to just under 800 — and closing 27 offices.The reduction has left it with 65 offices across all 10 provinces.“We did not want to lose that pan-Canadian grassroots and community presence,” Hudson said of the organization’s commitment to provide services and programs in all parts of the country. “We feel that passionately, as cancer patients are coming to us and looking to us for support. It’s where our volunteers work and operate.”Sara Oates, executive vice-president of finance and operations, said the charity had to take a hard look at itself in order to turn around its financial picture.“We really pushed ourselves to look at the organization differently and really re-examine every type of costs,” she said.Like many others in the philanthropy sector, the CCS found itself contending with dwindling revenues as a result of falling donations, a phenomenon dubbed “donor fatigue” that arose in part from the proliferation of health charities competing for benefactors’ dollars.“Last year, obviously, we weren’t living within our means,” conceded Oates. “We were running a deficit … We were spending 112 per cent of what we raised last year, and it’s really not sustainable.”Still, a year after the merger, the CCS was able to bump up the percentage of how much it designated for “mission costs.” The proportion allocated to funding for research, services and programs for cancer patients and their families and advocacy efforts rose to 58 per cent — up three percentage points from the previous year.“The 58 per cent represents a total of $103 million,” said Oates, with 47 per cent of that money going to research and 50 per cent to programs and services.“And that’s an increase we’re really, really proud of.”Over the years, the society has faced criticism that its administration and fundraising costs were disproportionately bloated, sapping the amount it could earmark for cancer research — among the prime reasons Canadians donate to the 80-year-old charity.Hudson said the organization has cut the proportion it spends on those costs by 10 percentage points, to about 36 per cent of donations.“That is a substantive change and was part of what very much drove our cost-cutting efforts this year,” she said.Fundraising alone takes a huge bite from CCS coffers: in 2016-17, 41 per cent of revenues went to campaigns and events aimed at securing donations, from small amounts given by individuals during the April daffodil drive and Relay for Life pledges to more significant gifts tapped from large corporate benefactors.Last year, the joint CCS-CBCF whittled those costs down to a third of its spending budget.“I think that for any organization to make a movement of 41 per cent to 33 per cent in the space of one year is unprecedented, quite frankly,” said Oates. “And I think that kind of movement puts us not just in line with others that are comparable in the health-care sector, but really moves us ahead of the pack.”Kate Bahen, managing director of Charity Intelligence Canada, agreed, saying she is “thrilled” to see the turnaround in the Cancer Society’s fortunes.“From a donor’s point of view, these are phenomenal results,” said Bahen, whose organization provides in-depth analyses and ratings of more than 700 Canadian charities on its website.“Two years ago, for every dollar you donated, 50 cents went to the cause … (Now) every dollar you donate, 61 cents goes to the cause,” she said after crunching the numbers in the CCS’s Jan. 31 financial statement.“That’s a tremendous improvement in a very short period of time.”There’s no doubt taking the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation into the CCS fold paid off: the CBCF contributed about $28 million in fund balances with the merger, while the CIBC-sponsored Run for the Cure — an event started by the foundation — brought in about $17 million last year.Hudson said marrying the two charities, which were “quite different” both organizationally and culturally, created a synergy by capitalizing on each of their strengths.The Breast Cancer Foundation had a big-city presence, while the Cancer Society had community-based operations Canada-wide; CBCF employees were more familiar with corporate approaches to fundraising and centralized operations, while the CCS was more grassroots, she said.“Both could learn and leverage the best of both worlds.”Bahen said the CCS is unique among the many cancer charities in Canada because not only does it fund research, but it also “helps people who have cancer.”Though previously given an “average” rating by Charity Intelligence because it was considered “massively inefficient” with costs “in the red zone,” seeing this leaner Canadian Cancer Society should change the story for prospective donors, she said.“I think it’s going to go up in our ratings now.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Suits star Meghan Markle launches accessible clothing line at Reitmans

first_img Twitter Advertisement The “Kate effect” — selling out fashions worn by the Duchess of Cambridge — is well established, as are the frenzies stirred up by offspring George and Charlotte’s sartorial moments. Canada’s own Reitmans may be mobbed when the second Meghan Markle capsule collection launches Thursday on the heels of romantic rumours linking the TV star to one very eligible, very red-haired prince.Six days before that gossip bomb landed, an impromptu celebration took place at Soho House in Toronto, though the reason is now virtually eclipsed by the Prince Harry factor. Palace-worthy cut-glass coupes appeared magically at the leather-rimmed round booth, followed, also via invisible hands, by champagne.Markle, who plays paralegal-turned-law student Rachel Zane on the filmed-in-Toronto smash legal series Suits, had received some big news on her way to this interview: she had surfed past one million followers on Instagram earlier in the day. Just imagine what will happen to her Insta numbers now? The five-piece line is modelled after what she wears in real life, running from day to night engagements, on and off of planes. It is also “an accessible version” of the glamorous duds she wears in character. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: The excitement comes at an all-around swell moment for this California girl, who turned 35 over the summer. The collaboration with Montreal-based Reitmans “is totally an extension of my personal style,” she says, which she describes as, “Aspirational Girl Next Door.”She was “deeply and passionate involved in the design process. I’m a brash American and if my name is going to be on something, I’m going to have my say.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Hindu Rao resident doctors plan indefinite strike from today

first_imgNew Delhi: Health services at North Delhi Municipal Corporation-run Hindu Rao hospital are feared to be disrupted as its resident doctors plan to go on an indefinite strike over pending salaries from Monday. There is no word on payment of salaries due for past three months. Around 450 resident doctors and interns are forced to go on strike from Monday, said Rahul Chaudhary, president of Resident Doctors Association (RDA) at the hospital.”We have planned to set up a temporary OPD on the campus for patients but will not join our respective departments and other duties,” Chaudhary said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe resident doctors will also stage a march and seek “alms” from patients as a symbolic protest against failure of the corporation authorities to pay their salaries, he said. The municipal corporation, suffering financial stress, has been facing hardships in regular payment of salaries to its employees, including sanitation workers and those serving in other departments. A senior NDMC official said salaries of the doctors were delayed due to “lack of funds” and arrangements were being made to solve the problem. Since Thursday, the resident doctors of the hospital have abstained from duty for three hours everyday, warning about an indefinite strike from Monday. Chaudhary said the strike is being held to protest delay in payment of salaries and the association is not against patients. The doctors of this civic body-run hospital haven’t received their salaries for three months, owing to which around 400 resident doctors went on a strike for two days (Thursday and Friday) –from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.last_img read more

Rich countries must focus on quality of early childhood care – UN

“High quality early childhood education and care has a huge potential to enhance children’s cognitive, linguistic, emotional and social development,” the Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Innocenti Research Centre, Marta Santos Pais, said. “It can help boost educational achievement, limit the early establishment of disadvantage, promote inclusion, be an investment in good citizenship, and advance progress for women.”But poor quality may result in weak foundations and shaky scaffolding for future learning, and what is true of cognitive and linguistic skills is also true of psychological and emotional development, the Centre stressed, calling for doubling spending on early childhood services in some countries.The Centre’s latest Report Card – The Childcare Transition – showed that for the under threes, the proportion of those in some form of early childhood education and care is 25 per cent, rising to more than 50 per cent in individual members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) group of 30 top industrialized countries.In part, these changes reflect new opportunities for women’s employment outside the home. But they also reflect new necessities. And the poorer the family, the greater is the pressure to return to work as soon as possible after a birth – often to unskilled, low-paid jobs.At the same time as this change is advancing across the economically developed world, progress in the scientific understanding of early brain development is confirming that the quality of care and interaction in the earliest months and years of a child’s life are critical for almost all aspects of a child’s development. “Taken together, says the report, these two developments mean that the child care transition carries with it the potential both for great benefit and great harm,” UNICEF said.Some OECD members have engaged closely with the childcare issue, pursuing policies designed to realize the potential benefits, but in others out-of-home child care is proceeding in an ad hoc way with less assurance of quality.The Centre proposes 10 benchmarks to monitor progress in early childhood education and care across the OECD. “The proposed benchmarks should be regarded as a first step towards establishing a set of minimum standards to facilitate good early childhood outcomes,” Ms. Santos Pais said.At present, only Sweden meets all 10 benchmarks, followed by Iceland with nine, and Denmark, Finland, France, and Norway with eight each. These are the same six countries that top the table of government expenditures on early childhood services. Many other OECD countries will need to at least double current levels of expenditure on early childhood services, concludes the report, if minimum acceptable standards are to be met. 12 December 2008With almost 80 per cent of three-to-six year-olds in rich countries now spending time away from their parents in some form of early childhood education and care, the quality of such services can make all the difference between great benefit and great harm for almost all aspects of a child’s development, according to a new United Nations report. read more

Boehner Basic fairness dictates action to help unauthorized immigrants brought as kids

Boehner: ‘Basic fairness’ dictates action to help unauthorized immigrants brought as kids AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Legislation offering citizenship to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children is “about basic fairness,” House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday, pointing to an emerging consensus among House Republicans as they struggle for a way forward on immigration.“These children were brought here of no accord of their own, and frankly they’re in a very difficult position,” the Ohio Republican said. “And I think many of our members believe that this issue needs to be addressed.”Boehner’s comments at a news conference came in response to a question about legislation being drafted by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., that would offer citizenship to certain immigrants brought here as children.Details of the bill have not been made public but Goodlatte’s committee is holding a hearing on the issue next week.“These in many instances are kids without a country if we don’t allow them to become full citizens of our country,” Cantor said. “It is not only an issue of fairness, as the speaker said, it’s an issue of decency and compassion. Where else would these kids go?”Boehner and Cantor spoke as they and other GOP leaders weigh their options on immigration legislation following a special House Republican conference on the issue last week. During that meeting Boehner pledged not to bring comprehensive Senate-passed immigration to the House floor, and to proceed instead in a step-by-step fashion with individual bills, focusing first on border security.There’s little consensus among House Republicans about how to deal with the 11 million immigrants already in the country illegally, who would get eventual citizenship under the Senate bill. That legislation also aims to boost border security and workplace enforcement and create new legal means for hundreds of thousands of high- and low-skilled workers to come to this country.It’s not clear how or whether the House would act to deal with the bulk of immigrants here illegally, or vote on giving them citizenship. “It’s too early to predict what we will or won’t do,” Boehner said.But his comments indicated that at the least, the House may act to give citizenship to those brought as children, though Cantor’s legislation is expected to be narrower in scope than DREAM Act bills that have failed in past congresses. The Judiciary Committee has also approved bills dealing with enforcement of immigration laws, agricultural guest workers, high-tech visas and workplace enforcement, along with a border security bill approved by the Homeland Security Committee.A package of these bills could end up being the vehicle for the House to enter into negotiations with the Senate on its comprehensive bill — though there are some House conservatives who oppose any negotiations with the Senate, fearing the outcome could be a far-reaching path to citizenship that some condemn as amnesty.Whatever the approach, no action is expected on the House floor until after lawmakers return from their annual monthlong summer recess in August, which will give them an opportunity to hear from their constituents on the issue. by Erica Werner, The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2013 10:53 am MDT read more

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge present shamrocks to Irish Guards in London

first_imgLater, the Duke and Duchess will be received with an official welcome from President Francois Hollande in Paris, before a glittering black tie dinner designed to celebrate the relationship between Britain and France. This time, all eyes will be on the Duke and Duchess and their welcome in France, as Brexit negotiations begin.While they are there on the request of the Foreign Office, a Royal spokesman emphasised the trip was intended in the spirit of celebrating friendship across the Channel. Later this year, they will also travel to Germany and Poland, while the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall embark on a tour of Romania, Italy, Austria and the Vatican, where they will be received by Pope Francis. The Duchess of Cambridge pinning shamrock to Irish Wolfhound Domhnall, the mascot of the 1st Battalion Irish GuardsCredit:James Shaw/REX/Shutterstock The Royal couple then met with members of the regiment and their families, enjoying a toast at the Guardsman’s lunch before making their way to a private charter plane to fly to Paris.Video taken inside the barracks showed that the Duchess was somewhat less enthusiastic about her pint of Guiness than some of the soldiers:  Audrey TautouCredit:AP The Duchess of Cambridge at the annual Irish Guards’ St Patrick’s Day paradeCredit:Dan Kitwood/Getty The Duke and Duchess are leaving their children at home for the short trip, 20 years after the death of the Duke’s mother in the city.They will visit Les Invalides, where victims and first responders from the Bataclan terror attack will share their stories.The historic war hospital has long been working on rehabilitating those affected by the attack, with around 20 victims reported to still be in physical recovery.The Duke and Duchess’ visit has been welcomed by French press, including one magazine which noted with approval that the Royals “hadn’t forgotten” the shooting. A Royal source said the Duke and Duchess were “incredibly honoured” that their trip has been formally recognised by the President.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stand as the  1st Battalion Irish Guardsmen leads the annual Irish Guards’ St Patrick’s Day paradeCredit:Dan Kitwood/Getty Led by their mascot, the Irish Wolfhound Domhnall, the 450 1st Battalion Irish Guards marched onto the Parade Square at Cavalry Barracks.Four-year-old Domhnall prepared for his moment in the spotlight with a breakfast of three boneless chicken thighs for breakfast and a five mile walk, and was wrapped up in a scarlet coat.Handler drummer Adrian Cathcart, 29, from Ballymena, Northern Ireland, said: “He’s taking it all in his stride.” The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish GuardsCredit:Sgt Rupert Frere/PA The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have honoured the Irish Guards in London before travelling to France for a two-day visit.Prince William, who is Colonel of the Irish Guards, and Kate visited the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at their base on Friday morning to present them with shamrocks during a parade to mark St Patrick’s Day.The Duke and Duchess, in dark green coat by Catherine Walker decorated with her Irish Guards brooch, were celebrating at the annual parade at the barracks in Hounslow, west London.The Duke stood at his wife’s shoulder on the parade ground as she handed out sprigs of shamrock to the Irish Guards, according to decades of tradition. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The highlight of the trip for many observers will be Saturday night’s Six Nations rugby match, where Wales will take on France.The Duke has been invited in his role as patron of the Welsh Rugby Union; his first match since he took over the role from the Queen in December.The trip is only the third time the Duke has officially visited France, following two appearances at military commemoration services. It is the first time he has been in Paris on a public engagement since the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, nearly 20 years ago. French television news described the trip as a “charm offensive”, with the Royal couple designated as Britain’s “secret weapon to sweeten the bitter Brexit pill”. The visit will form part of a series of Royal tours to Europe, designed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a sign of soft power even as the UK extricates itself from the European Union.President Hollande has been among those speaking out against Brexit, warning ” there must be a price” for the UK’s departure.But he will be among the first to meet the Duke and Duchess, welcoming them into the Elysee this evening. (Friday)  The couple will then attend a reception at the British Embassy, at which they will officially launch “Les Voisins”, a programme celebrating UK-French links.Later this evening, they will attend a black tie dinner in the same venue, alongside guests chosen for careers which span the English Channel.Among them will be Kristin Scott-Thomas who played the Queen on Broadway in Peter Morgan’s play The Audience,  and may offer the Duke a welcome talking point among the formalities.Other guests will include actors Jean Reno and Audrey Tautou, Robert Pires, the footballer, several paralympians and business leaders. President Hollande Audrey Tautou On Saturday, the Royal couple are due to attend Les Invalides, where victims and first responders from the Bataclan terror attack will share their stories.The Paris trip comes after a difficult week for the Duke, who has been accused of being “workshy” after missing the Commonwealth Day service in favour of a skiing trip with his friends which inspired a string of lurid tabloid headlines. The Duchess of Cambridge pinning shamrock to Irish Wolfhound Domhnall, the mascot of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards President Hollande is among those speaking out against BrexitCredit:AFP/Getty Images The Duke and Duchess will not be commemorating the anniversary in public while in Paris. The Duke’s father, the Prince of Wales, visited Paris with his late first wife in 1988, with glamorous photographs of their various receptions shared around the world. Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stand as the  1st Battalion Irish Guardsmen leads the annual Irish Guards' St Patrick's Day parade The Duchess of Cambridge presents the 1st Battalion Irish Guardsmen with shamrocks during the annual Irish Guards' St Patrick's Day Parade at Household Cavalry Barrackslast_img read more

Child locked in bedroom by grandparents is taken into care

first_imgA child was taken away from her grandparents and put into foster care after they locked her in her room overnight. The seven-year-old, from the West Midlands, was put into the care of the local authority after social workers found out that she had been locked in to prevent her from wandering around. The couple say that Judge Rosalind Bush, a senior family court judge, ruled that the child should go into care after a private hearing in Wolverhampton. But they have not had a written explanation or seen a judgment so don’t know why the decision was made.  If the judge doesn’t have a proper explanation as to why they’re taking the child into care, then they shouldn’t be taking the child into careJohn Hemming The child was locked in her bedroom at night on two occasions after she started to wander. The grandparents said this was for her own safety, but social workers intervened.The case was heard at a private family court hearing, but no ruling was ever published. Wolverhampton town centre The private hearing took place in WolverhamptonCredit:Andrew Foxcenter_img “I doubt she’s the first child to have been locked in a bedroom,” he added. Legal advisers for the couple said they had asked the Court of Appeal to re-open the case. Earlier this month researchers said people were being left with a “patchy understanding” of the family justice system because judges did not consistently following guidance on the publication of case rulings.Academics at Cardiff University’s School of Law and Politics analysed more than 800 rulings published in the two years after guidance was issued following complaints about court secrecy.A report said “only 27 judges and 12 courts” had sent more than 10 cases to the British and Irish Legal Information Institute website for publication during that period. John Hemming, a former Liberal Democrat MP who campaigns for transparency in the justice system, said that the judge had to “show her working”. “To not give a reason just isn’t acceptable. If the judge doesn’t have a proper explanation as to why they’re taking the child into care, then they shouldn’t be taking the child into care,” he said.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Man arrested after drugs worth €40000 found in Mayo house

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE SEIZED €40,000 worth of drugs during a raid of a house in Mayo.A man in his 20s was arrested after the bust.Thirty cannabis plants were discovered at the house near Bangor Erris this morning.Gardaí also found a large drying chamber, fertiliser and liquid feed.The man is now being held at Belmullet Garda station.Read: Use cannabis from time to time? Even casual use can alter your brain, a new study says>Read: Two released and three still in custody over €5.1m drugs seizure>last_img read more

Nuance offers comfortable typing for all with FlexT9 for tablets

first_imgMy biggest gripe about 10-inch tablets, regardless of manufacturer, is typing. Sure, if you prop your tablet up or set it on a flat surface in a way that makes the device no more convenient than a laptop (and much harder to see) you can really get some typing going on. However, if you’re walking around, sitting on your couch, or doing any of the things that tablets are supposed to be really great for typing is not an enjoyable experience. Portrait use isn’t so bad for small sentences or dropping in the occasional URL, but landscape is a mess.One of my favorite examples of the level of customization in Android that you just can’t find anywhere else is the ability to change the virtual keyboard to whatever makes your life easier. So, if you’ve just gotta have that 10-inch device, you might want to check out FlexT9 from Nuance.AdChoices广告The makers of the globally famous Dragon Naturally speaking have been fiddling in the mobile space since the MyTouch 3G with Dragon Dictate. While Dictate was really cool, and at the time much more accurate than Google’s cloud based integrated solution, the keyboard that came with the speech recognition software was kind of weak. So, Nuance went back to work and came back offering up a keyboard that combines their fantastic speech recognition with three of the most popular typing solutions as well as a pile of features to really make it shine on a tablet.If you are a fan of the stock keyboard for Honeycomb, you maintain nearly the same experience. The primary differences when typing on the keyboard comes with word guessing. It will provide you with a list of alternatives if it doesn’t know the word, rather than change it automatically. If you prefer to lay your tablet down or put it on a stand and type right on the glass, your experience hasn’t changed much. However, Nuance has also added an almost Swype-like drawing experience, allowing you to quickly draw lines from letter to letter on the keyboard in order to get that word out quickly. If you are still not quite happy with your typing experience, the ability to write the letters on the screen Graffiti-style is also available, and allows you to quickly jump into writing especially if you favor the Capacitive Stylus method of data entry.The crowning jewel to the keyboard remains as Nuance’s Dragon software. Dragon Dictate, powered by the same software that drives their Naturally Speaking software, works hard to analyze the sound byte it records and filter out background noise, static, music, etc. and deliver the spoken word to the screen both quickly and accurately.Nuance’s FlexT9 app is available in the Android market for both phones and tablets for $4.99.last_img read more

Endeavour la navette des EtatsUnis voit son décollage retardé de 24h

first_imgEndeavour : la navette des Etats-Unis voit son décollage retardé de 24hÉtats-Unis – Le décollage de la navette Endeavour a été retardé de 24 heures à cause de la météo. Elle est partie à 9h14 GMT ce matin, au lieu de dimanche.Dimanche soir, Endeavour devait envoyer dans l’espace six astronautes afin de livrer à la station spatiale internationale un nouveau module ainsi qu’un poste d’observation. D’un coût de 100 milliards de dollars, la station ne demande plus qu’à être finalisée, d’où l’envoi de cinq navettes en 2010 afin de fournir les pièces manquantes.À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageCependant, la Floride était couverte d’un plafond nuageux trop bas, le vol a donc dû être reporté au lendemain. Le décollage a eu lieu ce matin, à l’heure prévue, 9h14 GMT. La navette apportera aux astronautes présents dans la station spatiale de quoi rendre leur séjour plus confortable. Le module Tranquility notamment, un cylindre de 6,7 m de long pour 4,5 m de diamètre. Il permettra de recycler les eaux usées afin de les transformer en oxygène via un système de purification des eaux. La navette enverra également un poste d’observation, Cupola, constitué de sept hublots en silice fondue, matériau très résistant. Les scientifiques pourront ainsi profiter d’une vision panoramique de la planète bleue.Suite à la crise financière, le président des États-Unis Barack Obama a décidé de réduire le budget des missions spatiales, et plus spécifiquement celles visant à envoyer des astronautes sur la Lune. De même, le nombre de navettes sera réduit et les États-Unis risquent de dépendre des vaisseaux Soyouz de la Russie, leur principal concurrent, pour envoyer leurs  astronautes vers la station spatiale.Le 8 février 2010 à 12:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more