Congress arrogant the nation is saying ab bahut hua Modi

first_imgSasaram: Lambasting the Congress over Sam Pitrodas hua to hua comment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday charged that the remark was a reflection on the party’s arrogance with which it has been shrugging off its misdeeds while it was in power.The three words hua to hua (whatever happened, happened) uttered by the guru (Pitroda) of the Naamdaar (Rahul Gandhi) in front of TV cameras sum up their attitude. This is the way they have brazened it out whenever their regimes have been discredited on account of corruption scandals, Modi told an election rally in Sasaram. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe nation is fed up and crying out ab bahut hua (now, enough is enough)”, he said. The people are fed up with the dynasty politics of Congress, their corruption and arrogance. “The message on May 23 when counting of votes is scheduled, will be loud and clear, Modi said evoking chants of phir ek baar Modi sarkar from the crowds. In an obvious dig at Lalu Prasad’s RJD, he said the arrogance of the Congress was on display when it imposed the Emergency and humiliated Jayaprakash Narayan and in the way it had allegedly sought to erase the contributions of Ambedkar from history. “But those swearing by the legacy of JP and Ambedkar are, in Bihar, carrying the flags of the Congress.last_img read more

Norfolk faces big challenges mayor

RENTON — Norfolk Mayor Kristal Chopp says Norfolk residents should be under no illusion about the challenges facing the county.In the annual state-of-the-county address to the Simcoe & District Chamber of Commerce this week, Chopp said key infrastructure continues to deteriorate despite frantic spending in recent years.“Right now, we have close to a $7-million infrastructure gap and we are using the capital replacement reserves faster than we can fund them,” Chopp said at a breakfast meeting at The Greens at Renton Wednesday.“Since 2009, our debt per household has doubled from $1,033 to $2,019, and the reserves per household have decreased to less than half from $1,725 to $737.”Framing the problem another way, Chopp said Norfolk’s capital reserve balance in 2009 was $48 million. Today, “it is now less than half that.”Chopp noted that the infrastructure gap is expanding despite the massive amounts of money going out the door.Norfolk has 238 bridges and culverts, she said, and of these 182 are more than 40 years old. Another 16 are more than 70 years old. Sooner of later, Chopp said, they are going to need attention.Meanwhile, the unexpected failure of the bridge on the Long Point Causeway near George Lane last year has presented the county with a large, multi-million dollar cost.There have been another two unexpected, expensive failures in recent weeks on top of that. These include a deep culvert failure on McDowell Road West near Langton that won’t be repaired until June and an urgent $2.7-million repair to a major water main in Port Rowan.Gas well leaks on county property have also been in the news since August, 2017. The most serious is on Forestry Farm Road in Silver Hill.Chopp told the crowd it could cost as much as $2 million to control the poisonous sulphur dioxide gas emanating from this area. After the work is done, Chopp said there are no guarantees the gas won’t vent elsewhere in “whack-a-mole” fashion.Perhaps the biggest challenge, Chopp said, is the water capacity deficit in Port Dover – Norfolk’s fastest-growing community.Chopp said Norfolk has the capacity to treat 2,454 cubic metres of water a day in Port Dover, which itself has the capacity to draw 4,579 cubic metres at peak demand. Chopp says the numbers are ominous.“That is less than 50 per cent (capacity),” Chopp said. “It is a nightmare. This is the Dover issue that keeps me up at night, not the Misner Dam.”The hits keep on coming, the mayor said, pointing out that the Ford government is cutting costs in response to a $15-billion provincial deficit. Health units and ambulance services are about to amalgamate, and it remains to be seen what impact this has on municipal finances.“I’m not saying any of this to scare you,” Chopp said. “I’m telling you this because I have made a commitment to transparency, accountability and telling it like it is.“This council has inherited a mess. But we will not continue to ignore items. We will address them. This is not our destiny and we will get through it.”Chopp didn’t shy away from assessing blame. She said “From the research I’ve done, the (county) has lacked strong leadership at the top since Haldimand and Norfolk went their separate ways.”Chopp assured the 150 in attendance that the leadership issue has been addressed with her election as mayor and the recent hiring of Harry Schlange – former top administrator in Niagara Region and Brampton – as Norfolk’s interim CAO.Chopp said the county – going forward – must be diligent and tackle each challenge one at a time. She gave assurances that this council is up to the task and offered hope for a brighter future.“We may be buried right now but we are a seed and this is `Ontario’s Garden,’” she said.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com

Sierra Leonean rebel group pledges to cooperate with UN peace operation

The UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) said today in a statement that the RUF’s pledge had been made during a brief meeting with Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette. The meeting took place on Friday in Lunsar, a town formerly held by the RUF, where UNAMSIL has recently deployed. During her meeting with members of the RUF High Command, including Col. Jonathan Kposowa, RUF Chief of Administration and RUF spokesman Gibril Massaquoi. Ms. Fréchette stressed that the RUF must match its words with deeds, and provide “concrete evidence day after day” that it was committed to implementing the Abuja Ceasefire Agreement. She urged the RUF to dismantle its three checkpoints between Rogberi and Lunsar to demonstrate its commitment. Ms. Fréchette also toured UNAMSIL’s deployment in Lunsar, and met with the local population and traditional leaders, who appeared “happy with the presence of UNAMSIL, which seems to have already, after a few weeks, established a climate of security that I am told did not exist before,” the Deputy Secretary-General told a press conference on her return to Freetown.En route to Lunsar, which is 80 kilometres east of Freetown, Ms. Fréchette visited the Bangladeshi Battalion stationed at Lungi airport and the town of Petifu Junction, where UN agencies are assisting a large number of returnees fleeing the fighting in Guinea. On Friday, the Deputy Secretary-General was also briefed by senior UNAMSIL officials on the political and military situation, the disarmament process, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and public information activities. She then met with representatives of local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on progress in the peace process and on ways of improving coordination and cooperation between the NGOs and the UN. read more

UN labour agency reports major job losses in oil and gas industry

Buffeted by changing corporate structures and privatization, the workforce in the world’s oil and gas industries has shrunk dramatically in the past 25 years, according to a report released today by the International Labour Organization (ILO). In the United States alone, employment in the oil and gas industries slumped from a peak of 1.65 million workers in 1982 to roughly 640,000 by 2000, according to the report. In Canada, 2,250 jobs were lost in 1998 when oil drilling activity fell by 10 per cent. “The situation was equally bleak in other regions,” the agency said, citing job losses in Norway, China and the United Kingdom. The decline in numbers spotlights the vital need for good industrial relations within the industry, according to the ILO. Issues such as freedom of association and the right to organize assume greater importance when workers face the “often-used argument for restricting the right to strike in the oil and gas industries when they are deemed essential services.” Governments in several oil- and gas-producing countries have imposed restrictions on freedom of association, according to the report, which points to examples in several countries, including Nigeria, where workers have complained that the Government violates their basic rights. “According to complainants, the Nigerian Trade Union Act did not allow workers to form and join the union of their own choosing but obliged them to join the union specified by law,” the ILO noted. “The Act, by setting at 50 the number of workers required to form a trade union, was obviously intended to prevent workers from organizing their own unions.” The news is not all bad, however, according to Yasuhiko Kamakura, an ILO expert in the oil and gas sector. “These industries are strategic and have special working conditions,” he said. “Typical earnings worldwide are reported to be higher on average than those for any other industry and working hours tend to be shorter and more flexible.” read more

Etihad to lend USbound passengers iPads as ban workaround

Etihad to lend US-bound passengers iPads as ban workaround DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – One Mideast airline affected by the ban on most electronics in the cabins of U.S.-bound flights will lend iPads to its top-paying travellers.Etihad Airways said on Wednesday that it will offer the tablets to U.S.-bound passengers in first and business class, along with vouchers for free onboard Wi-Fi starting on April 2.The U.S. government last week barred passengers from 10 Mideast and North African cities from carrying electronics larger than cellphones onto U.S.-bound flights. Medical devices were exempted.Etihad’s hub in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, was among the cities affected. The government-owned carrier operates 45 flights a week to six American cities: Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 29, 2017 10:27 am MDT Last Updated Mar 29, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ohio State field hockey shooting for Big Ten success this weekend

Then-sophomore forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey during a game against St. Louis on Aug. 28. OSU won 5-0.Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Oller ReporterFollowing two consecutive losses against top-15 competition, the Ohio State field hockey team heads to the state of Michigan to do battle with two Big Ten rivals.The Buckeyes (3-5, 0-1) suffered a 5-1 loss at the hands of No. 11 Northwestern (6-2, 1-0), followed by a 2-1 defeat at No. 7 Louisville (7-1, 0-1 ACC). Despite the unfavorable outcomes, the weekend’s competitions provided a few Buckeyes with career milestones.Junior goalkeeper Liz Tamburro had 13 saves between the two matches, giving her 41 saves in the first eight games, which leads the Big Ten. Freshmen midfielders Esther Clotet-Alsina and Adelaide Penzone continue to lead the Buckeye field hockey newcomers in points with seven goals and one assist collectively.Friday’s match between Michigan (6-1, 1-0) and OSU will bring a decades-old rivalry to life. While the Buckeyes have not defeated the Wolverines since 2011, junior midfielder Carolina Vergroesen said the rivalry is sure to drive OSU to showcase the height of its abilities.“I think Michigan is always a game where it doesn’t really matter what either team’s done up to that time,” Vergroesen said. “It’s kind of nice because we bring out the best in each other because we’re all so hyped up for the game. It’ll be interesting to see where it takes us.”The Wolverines enter the weekend on a high note after commanding wins over Michigan State and Central Michigan the previous weekend. Senior Courtney Enge leads the offense with five goals, contributing to a team average of 3.5 goals per game. Junior goalkeeper Sam Swenson is third in the nation with a .818 save percentage, only allowing four goals in the last seven games.Michigan State (4-3, 0-1) began Big Ten play last weekend with a 4-1 loss to Michigan.  Still, the Spartans’ offensive line is a force to be reckoned with. The team averages 4.14 goals per game and is ranked second in the Big Ten for points and goals. Redshirt junior Kendal Anderson leads the offensive powerhouse with nine goals and seven assists for a total of 25 points. While Michigan State’s offensive edge differs greatly from Michigan’s defensive approach to the game, junior midfielder Morgan Kile said the Buckeyes’ edge is being able to modify their playing style from game to game.“We’re very adaptive in how we play other teams … which I think helps us in our success,” Kile said. “With Michigan, if we need to play a more vigorous, attacking style, then that’s what we’ll do and … if we take away (Michigan State’s) speed, then I think we should have them.”The Scarlet and Gray take on the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Friday at 7 p.m. The Buckeyes then travel to East Lansing, Michigan to face the Spartans on Sunday at 2 p.m.OSU vs. No. 8 Michigan History 6-1, 1-0Michigan holds a 35-26-2 advantage in the series against the Buckeyes, with the first game dating back to 1977. OSU has fallen to the Wolverines in the last five matchups, most recently a 3-0 shutout last October. Previous games include:10/31/15: Michigan 3, OSU 0 (Ann Arbor, Michigan)11/02/14: Michigan 2, OSU 1 (Columbus, Ohio)10/20/13: Michigan 2, OSU 1 OT (Columbus, Ohio)11/01/12: Michigan 1, OSU 0 (Iowa City, Iowa)10/14/12: Michigan 3, OSU 1 (Ann Arbor, Michigan)OSU vs. Michigan State History 4-3, 0-1Sunday’s game will be the 61st time that the Buckeyes and Spartans have faced off. OSU leads the series with a 36-21-3 record, despite having only beaten Michigan State once in the past five years. Previous games include:9/18/15: Michigan State 1, OSU 2 (East Lansing, Michigan)9/18/14: Michigan State 4, OSU 3 OT (Columbus, Ohio)11/08/13: Michigan State 2, OSU 1 2OT (Columbus, Ohio)9/28/13: Michigan State 3, OSU 2 (East Lansing, Michigan)10/05/16: Michigan State 1, OSU 0 (Columbus, Ohio) read more

Ohio State womens soccer set to take on No 12 Wisconsin Minnesota

Then-freshman forward Nichelle Prince (7) dribbles the ball past an Eastern Michigan defender Aug. 25, 2013 ar Jesse Owens Stadium. OSU won, 2-1, in overtime.Credit: Lantern file photoAfter splitting its last two games, the Ohio State women’s soccer team is preparing for a pair of tough contests on the road.OSU is set to travel to face No. 12 Wisconsin and Minnesota this weekend. The Buckeyes are 5-6-0 overall and 2-3-0 in Big Ten play after suffering a loss against then-No. 19 Illinois and gaining a win against Northwestern. Coach Lori Walker said the team showed signs of improvement over the weekend but still sees consistency as an issue.“We are continuing to take steps forward, I felt that there were moments on Friday (against Illinois) where we defended really well and then there were moments where there were continual breakdowns,” Walker said. “Sunday (against Northwestern) I thought there were moments we were really strong and we did a good job of getting pressure on the ball in higher places and that prevented some of the longer services that we have been struggling with.”Walker praised the work of some of the team’s underclassmen who’ve had an impact on the season so far.“(Freshman forward) Sammy Edwards has certainly been an offensive threat, she’s been able to find the back of the net and had some assists and she’s been pretty dangerous. Freshman midfielder Nikki Walts has done a great job to help connect our team and I think she’s got one of the better final passes in the conference,” Walker said. “(Freshman midfielder) Sydney Dudley is just a workhorse; she’s kind of an engine in the midfield for us and so I think she’s done an exceptional job.Walker added that redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Megan Geldernick has also been an impressive contributor just about mid way through the Buckeyes season.Freshman forward Sammy Edwards and Geldernick have each been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week over the course of the season.OSU has struggled on the road this season, with a 1-4-0 record in away games. Junior defenser Marisa Wolf said that having confidence and focus will be important for this weekend.“If we come out with a lot of energy and we aren’t thinking that we aren’t going to win, then I think that we definitely can be successful,” Wolf said. “We have proven ourselves to the higher teams like Duke and North Carolina, and Wisconsin is just one of those teams that we can bump off their pedestal that they’re on right now.”The Buckeyes defeated then-No. 18 Duke early in the season 1-0 before dropping a game against then-No. 4 North Carolina by the same score just two days later.Sophomore forward Nichelle Prince said if OSU can channel those performances into its matchup with Wisconsin, the Buckeyes have a chance to be successful.“We just need to bring that same energy that we bring at home games. Being at home, there’s a lot of energy, a lot of students coming out to watch you play, and we have to bring that same energy when we’re away and try to get some wins in when we’re on someone else’s turf,” said sophomore forward Nichelle Prince.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Badgers on Friday at 8 p.m. in Madison, Wis. and then face Minnesota on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Minneapolis. read more

Criminal investigation launched into photo of Hollandes alleged lover

first_imgFRENCH PROSECUTORS HAVE launched a criminal investigation into the publication of a photo of actress Julie Gayet, whose affair with President Francois Hollande made global waves.The preliminary probe into invasion of privacy — an offence that can be punished with a year in jail and a fine of €45,000 — follows a complaint made by the 41-year-old actress over the photo of her driving a car published by Closer magazine, prosecutor Robert Gelli said.Gayet has played a central part in the soap opera that has gripped France for weeks since she was snapped arriving for secret trysts with the president just yards from his official residence.Shortly after the scandal broke last month, Hollande split with his long-term partner Valerie Trierweiler.Gelli said the probe would focus on a picture taken of Gayet driving her car — a private place under French law — in a follow-up Closer report on the scandal published one week after the magazine first revealed the affair.The actress has also launched a civil privacy complaint against the magazine for publishing the photos that revealed her affair with Hollande, which were all taken on a public thoroughfare outside the flat where the two used to meet.Julie Gayet. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) In that case, she is seeking €50,000 in damages and €4,000 in legal costs.Gayet has kept a low profile since news of the affair broke and friends have told various media outlets that she has no desire or ambition to become first lady.She has since been nominated for a Cesar, the French equivalent of an Oscar, for playing the role of a mini-skirted adviser to a minister who uses her seductive powers to get what she wants.The divorced mother-of-two is also expected to appear on the red carpet at the Cannes film festival later in the year, having provided the voice of Grace Kelly for the French version of “Grace of Monaco”, a biopic starring Nicole Kidman.- © AFP, 2014Hollande: “I have ended my partnership with Valerie Trierweiler” > Read: French actress sues Closer magazine over reported affair with Hollande >last_img read more

VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING TO RECEIVE HELP

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:clyde edwards, human trafficing, jamaica, jamaica pegasus hotel, United Nations Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Jan. 8 (JIS) – Persons who have been victims of human trafficking are to be assisted with rebuilding their lives, through proceeds from this year’s staging of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast.This was announced during a press briefing held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston today (January 8) to launch the event.Providing details on the social project to be undertaken this year, Secretary of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee (NLPBC), Clyde Edwards, said it would be incorporated into proposed plans by the Ministry of Justice and the United Church in Negril “to help those who have gone through the trafficking challenge and to provide for them housing and rehabilitation.”Human trafficking is estimated by the United Nations to be a US$32-billion per year global trade.Jamaica is a source, transit, and destination country for women and children trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labour. However, the Government has been working to combat the issue of human trafficking, with the establishment of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP); amendment of the Trafficking in Persons Act in 2013; an islandwide public education campaign; and the establishment of a new shelter to house victims.Additionally, the administration has equipped the police force to treat with human trafficking offences by establishing an anti-Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Unit in the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).(more)Victims…2In the meantime, highlighting the importance of the theme for the event: ‘Restore…Reconnect…Rebuild with God’, Chairman of the NLPBC, Rev. Dr. Stevenson Samuels, said the committee considers it necessary to challenge the nation to rebuild and reconnect with God.“As nations enter into new periods of growth and development, the need for rebuilding and reconstruction becomes very necessary, old systems and models become outdated and archaic. They therefore become irrelevant for the new circumstances which face the nation,” he said.Rev. Samuels noted that many citizens, including members of the Diaspora, are calling for the creation of a new Jamaica where peace and respect will be major features of the society. He said that while the committee joins in this call, it recognises that the change has already begun, pointing to the improved performance in Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations; more young people accessing tertiary education; and that new entities have been established to promote integrity and eradicate corruption.This is the 35th staging of the event, which will be held at the Jamaica Pegasus on Thursday (January 15), starting at 7:30 a.m., under the patronage of the Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen. The speaker will be pastor from the Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay,Rev. Everton Jackson.The event will be preceded by a week of prayer (formerly referred to as a prayer blitz), which begins today (January 8). Attendance at the event is by invitation only and includes leaders of the church, State and civic life. The event will be carried live on the Internet and on television.The purpose of the annual prayer breakfast is to foster greater unity in the nation, particularly among leaders at all levels, through prayer and fellowship. The first prayer breakfast was held in January 1981 arising out of the church’s concern for peace and justice, reconciliation and unity in the nation.Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) has been sponsoring the event for the past 30 years. Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Recommended for youlast_img read more

ASA Argues Treated Seed Critical to the Success of Farmers

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is continuing to fight for farmers’ rights to use treated seeds.ASA, as part of an industry coalition, in March filed a motion with the court to defend the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) current regulation of neonicotinoid and other seed treatments, and to ensure that the court understands the vital importance of treated seeds to American agriculture.  EPA currently regulates seed treatment products as pesticides and must approve their use. Under a lawsuit brought by a number of plaintiffs, including environmental activists, the plaintiffs want the court to order the EPA to regulate seeds treated with pesticides as if the seeds themselves were the pesticides, potentially regulating all seed treatment facilities as pesticide factories and threatening the use of treated seeds by farmers.The plantiffs recently filed a motion with the court to deny ASA and our coalition’s petition to intervene, saying grower groups didn’t have direct economic interests in the matter. In response, our coalition consisting of ASA, CropLife America, the American Seed Trade Association, the Ag Retailers Association, the National Cotton Council of America, the National Association of Wheat Growers and the National Corn Growers Association, filed another brief with the court explaining our economic interests in the matter.ASA and other grower groups argue in the brief that continued availability of treated seed, including but not limited to neonicotinoid treated seed, is “critical to the success of growers’ farming operations.”The coalition’s brief states that “proposed expansion of federal pesticide law would have the immediate effect of removing from the market popular and widely used treated seed that we develop, sell, and grow and nullifying more than two dozen seed treatment registrations held our coalition’s members.  A determination that seed treated with a pesticide is itself a pesticide subject to regulation under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) would have devastating economic consequences for us and our members.”As previously reported, ASA President Richard Wilkins explained in a declaration before the court how treated seed provides ASA’s members with an economical means for managing risk and protecting seeds from early-season insects, pests, and diseases, improving plant vigor, and increasing crop yields.“Without the ability to plant treated seed, ASA’s members would suffer reduced farm income from crop loss and incur hundreds of millions of dollars in added costs from larger and more frequent foliar applications of less effective pesticides, requiring extra passes over each field and additional time, energy, and capital. Some ASA members may also be forced to engage in costly higher-density seeding-planting more seeds per acre than they currently are planting- to offset inevitable stand loss caused by increased pest pressures.”last_img read more

Fire chars Hazel Dell house

first_imgAn early morning fire caused significant damage to a Hazel Dell house Friday.Firefighters with Clark County Fire District 6 and the Vancouver Fire Department were called to a house fire around 3 a.m. at 10611 N.E. 20th Ave.When crews arrived the house was engulfed in flames, said Capt. Scott Reamer, with District 6. About 20 firefighters set up a defensive attack to contain the flames and protect nearby houses.The fire was under control after about an hour, Reamer said.No one was reported injured.The homeowner was at home himself when the fire sparked but he got out without injury, Reamer said.County property records indicate the house is owned by Robert Bergdahl.The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.last_img

Man gets arm stuck inside safe

first_imgLAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – An employee at a Lauderhill gas station had to be freed after his hand got stuck in a safe, Friday.Crews were called to the Shell gas station along West Commercial Boulevard and 70th Avenue to free the employee. It took two and a half hours before crews were finally successful.Rescuers said three of the man’s fingers were injured. He was later taken to Broward Health Medical center.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Mayawati visits AIIMS to enquire about Jaitleys health

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati on Saturday visited the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to meet former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who has been admitted here since last Friday. Mayawati arrived at AIIMS here around 11.30 a.m. “Today I went to AIIMS to see former Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley to enquire about his health. There I met his family members and with them, I prayed to God for the speedy recovery of Jaitley Ji,” she tweeted. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us On Friday night, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited AIIMS to meet the ailing senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and top BJP leaders have visited the hospital to enquire about his condition. Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS on August 9 after he complained of uneasiness and weakness. Owing to his health condition Jaitley did not fight the elections this year.last_img read more

Howard Mourns Passing of Dr LaSalle D Leffall Jr

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterDr. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., surgeon, oncologist, professor and civic leader died on May 25, leaving his family, friends and the Howard University community grieving.“It is with a heavy heart that I write to share that an icon of Howard University and a giant in the field of Medicine, Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., has passed away,” said Wayne A.I. Frederick, President of Howard University, in a letter to Howard students, staff and community.Trailblazing surgeon, oncologist, professor and civic leader Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. died on May 25. (Courtesy Photo)Dr. Leffall was born on May 22, 1930, in Tallahassee, Florida. A gifted student, he graduated high school at 15, and summa cum laude, from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College, now Florida A&M University, in 1948. He attended Howard University College of Medicine and graduated first in his class. After completing his surgical training at Freedmen’s Hospital (Howard University Hospital) in 1957, he went on to complete his surgical oncology training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (1957-59).In 1962, Dr. Leffall joined Howard’s faculty as an assistant professor. Only eight years later he became chairman of the Department of Surgery, a position he held for 25 years.Dr. Leffall has held many titles and positions throughout his life. He was the first African American to serve as national president of the American Cancer Society, focusing attention on the increasing incidence and mortality of cancer among Black Americans. He would later create an innovative program to address cancer disparities among ethnic populations.He was also the first African American president of the Society of Surgical Oncology, the Society of Surgical Chairmen, and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Leffall taught more than 6,000 medical students, lectured at more than 200 medical institutions across the country and trained more than 300 surgical residents.His honors are unmatched in the University’s century-and-a-half-long history, Frederick said, including the prestigious honored faculty award during the College of Medicine’s Honors and Oath ceremony more than 30 times. Dr. Leffall leaves a legacy of academic contributions including more than 150 publications, three books, visiting professorships at more than 200 institutions internationally, 14 honorary degrees from universities in America, and honorary fellowships from six international college of surgeons. He was named the Charles R. Drew Professor in 1992, occupying the first endowed chair in the history of Howard’s Department of Surgery.Dr. Frederick said Dr. Leffall made it a point to be available to those who needed him saying, “The great heights reached by Dr. Leffall never kept him from being accessible to students, patients and staff in a manner that was marked by unconditional love and selflessness. He was a good listener, slow to give or take offense and always encouraging others to find the broader lesson in seemingly quotidian situations.”Even after retiring from performing surgery, he remained on the faculty as a lecturer and resource at Howard University. His numerous awards and achievements only begin to highlight his extraordinary contributions to the field of medicine. Dr. Leffall was a true son of Howard and a loyal exemplar of the University’s motto: “Truth and Service.” He leaves behind a legacy of service and benevolence to the University as a long-standing donor who created opportunities for subsequent generations of students through his generosity. “I will continue to live in Dr. Leffall’s honor and his example,” Frederick said in his statement. “He often referenced a quote by French idealist philosopher and Jesuit priest, Pierre Chardin, who said, ‘someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.’” In many ways, Dr. Leffall was, is and always will be our ever-burning fire.”Dr. Leffall is survived by his wife Ruth, a son LaSalle Leffall, III, also known as “Donney,” a sister, Dolores C. Leffall, and many family friends, staff and mentees he has touched throughout his lifetime. Formal arrangements will be shared once they are finalized.last_img read more

Geek deals Preorder Nintendo 3DS get 25 Amazon credit

first_imgIf you’ve followed Nintendo from the Game Boy to the Nintendo DS — the most popular handheld video game system in history– then you’re most likely interested in buying the next model, the Nintendo 3DS. A more sophisticated system, the 3DS can play DS games in, yep, 3D. Amazon.com is offering preorders of the Nintendo 3DS Game System in Cosmos Black or Aqua Blue plus a $25 credit for $249.99 with free shipping.The Nintendo 3DS features a 320×240 touchscreen and a 800×240 3D display. Other features include built-in motion and gyroscope sensors, 3D Depth Slider, analog control, 3D camera, and more.We got some hands-on time with the 3DS and thought the hardware to be more polished than it was on the DSi and the DSi XL.The biggest improvement is to the upper display, which is large, wide, and super crisp. We also liked the addition of a sliding control pad.Compared to the DS Lite, and besides the improvements listed above, the buttons are more clicky on the 3DS, there is a lot more gloss on the interior, and the coloring on the 3DS is more more complex than with older models. Also, the stylus’ placement has changed, and the stylus holder is more secure. The 3DS is also dockable, and has a WiFi on/off switch.Also, if you buy a 3DS game, which you’ll probably want to do, you can get a $10 credit for a second game.The Nintendo 3DS ships on March 27, so get your orders in soon.Buy the Nintendo 3DS at LogicBUY.last_img read more

More women living healthier in mind not in body

first_imgMore women are now spending fewer years with impaired brain function but more years with disability compared to 20 years ago, reveals a new research.At the age of 65, females now spend around seven months more with moderate or severe disability and 2.5 years more with mild disability, the researchers found.“The aim of research was to investigate how health expectancies at the age of 65 and above changed between 1991 and 2011 in Britain,” said lead researcher Carol Jagger from Newcastle University’s Institute of Ageing.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Meanwhile, overall men’s life expectancy increased by 4.5 years but they had only 1.3 years more with mild disability and there was no increase in the years spent with moderate or severe disability or mild or worse cognitive impairment. Experts have shown that between 1991 and 2011, women’s life expectancy at the age of 65 increased by 3.6 years but they identified that the female body does not age as well as its mind. The research team compared two rounds of the cognitive function and ageing study, done in England in 1991 and 2011. Health expectancy was measured in three ways — self-perceived health, life without disability, and time free from cognitive impairment.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThose aged 65 and above over a similar time period, who showed problems with vision and hearing, did not account for increases in disability. Stability in self-care activities, like cooking, and increase in mobility limitations, such as walking 200 yards and climbing stairs, may contribute to gains in mild disability.“One possibility for the increased years women are living with mild disability might be the rise in obesity levels over the decades or multiple diseases which are a feature of very old age,” Jagger said.“It is also necessary for community care services and family carers who predominantly support those with mild to moderate disability to enable them to continue living independently,” the authors noted in a paper published in the journal The Lancet.last_img read more

Open Mainframes Project introduces Zowe A new opensource framework to simplify development

first_imgIBM with its partners, Rocket Software and CA Technologies, have announced the launch of Zowe at the ongoing Open Source Summit in Vancouver, Canada. It is the first z/OS open source project, which is part of the Linux Foundation’s Open Mainframe Project community. Why is Zowe introduced? The rapid technology advancements and rising expectations in user experience demands  more productive and better integrated capabilities for z/OS, an operating system for IBM mainframes. Zowe enables delivery of such an environment through an extensible open source framework. It aims to create an ecosystem of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), System Integrators, clients, and end users. By using it, development and operations teams can securely manage, control, script and develop on the mainframe like any other cloud platform. What are its components? The four main components of Zowe are: the Explorer server, API Mediation Layer, zLUX, and Zowe CLI. Source: Zowe Zowe APIs and Explorers z/OS Management Facility (z/OSMF) supports the use of REST APIs, which are public APIs that your application can use to work with system resources and can also extract system data. With the help of these REST APIs, Zowe submits jobs, works with the Job Entry Subsystem (JES) queue, and manipulates UNIX System Services (USS) or Multiple Virtual Storage (MVS) datasets. Explorers are visual representations of these APIs that are wrapped in the Zowe web UI application. They create an extensible z/OS framework that provides new z/OS REST services to transform enterprise tools and DevOps processes to incorporate new technology, languages, and modern workflows. Zowe API Mediation Layer The following are the key components of API Mediation Layer: API Gateway: It is built using Netflix Zuul and Spring Boot technology. Its purpose is to forward API requests to the appropriate corresponding service through the microservice endpoint UI. Discovery Service: It is built on Eureka and Spring Boot technology. It acts as the central point in the API Gateway that accepts announcements of REST services, and is a repository for active services. API Catalog: It is used to view the services running in API Mediation Layer. You can also view the corresponding API documentation to a service. Zowe Web UI Web UI named zLUX, modernizes and simplifies working on the mainframe.The UI works with the underlying REST APIs for data, jobs, and subsystems, and presents the information in a full-screen mode. It gives users a unifying experience where various applications can work together. Zowe Command Line Interface (CLI) Zowe CLI is used to allow user interactions from different platforms with z/OS. The platforms which can be cloud or distributed systems are able to submit jobs, issue TSO and z/OS console commands, integrate z/OS actions into scripts, and produce responses as JSON documents with the help of Zowe CLI. Currently, the Zowe is available in beta and is not intended for production use. The Zowe Leadership Committee is targeting to have a stable release by the end of the year. To know more about the launch of Zowe, refer to IBM’s announcement on their official website. Read Next IBM Files Patent for “Managing a Database Management System using a Blockchain Database” Google, IBM, RedHat and others launch Istio 1.0 service mesh for microservices IBM launches Nabla containers: A sandbox more secure than Docker containerslast_img read more

Collection of marchamo vehicle circulation fee starts Monday

first_imgRelated posts:Insurance Institute begins collecting marchamo payments this week Nearly one-quarter of car owners fail to pay marchamo on time Traffic Police issue 225 fines to motorists for not paying marchamo Deadline to pay marchamo ends at midnight Monday The National Insurance Institute (INS) will begin collecting payments next week for mandatory vehicle circulation permits, ormarchamos. This year, motorcyclists will pay ₡16.284 ($30) less compared to the past year, INS reported Friday.The cut comes from a drop in the Mandatory Automobile Insurance (SOA), which represents some 20 percent of the total cost of the marchamo.The SOA for vehicles will increase by 5.2 percent from ₡18.975 ($35) to ₡19.958 ($37). The marchamo cost varies according to the year, make and use of a vehicle. It includes mandatory insurance, property tax, sales tax and other taxes, as well as unpaid traffic fines.Deadline to pay is Dec. 31, and starting Jan. 1 drivers without the 2016 marchamo sticker displayed on their vehicles will be fined ₡49.000 ($90) and have their license plates removed.Paying after the deadline also entails a daily fine of a certain percentage of every tax that is part of the marchamo, plus a monthly fine of 3 percent of the value of all insurance charges.Vehicle owners can find out exactly what they owe starting Monday on the INS website. You can also send a text with the word MARCHAMO followed by your license plate number to 1467, or call, toll free, 800-MARCHAMO (800-6272-4266).Vehicle owners can pay their marchamo at 1,901 authorized collection points, including INS branches, banks and many businesses, according to INS Executive President Elián Villegas.Insurance Superintendent Tomás Soley said the decreased permit fee for motorcyclists is mostly due to an increase in the number of motorcycles on the road. That means the cost of insuring these type of vehicles is distributed among more drivers.A reduction in the number of motorcyclists killed in traffic accidents also influenced the final figure.Data from INS and the Insurance Superintendency state that a total of 1,306,000 vehicles will pay the marchamo this year, representing a collection of ₡34 billion ($63 million). Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Bananas are now being grown on a commercial planta

first_img Bananas are now being grown on a commercial plantation on New Zealand’s North Island, as part of a joint venture between Tai Pukenga Ltd and AgResearch. The aim is to expand bananas farms right across the east coast, according to publication Maori Television.New Zealanders eat more bananas per person than almost anywhere else in the world and now the farm in Gisborne has a slice of the banana market.”New Zealand imports over $220 million dollars worth of bananas every year from Ecuador, Mexico and the Philipines. Import substitution is probably a good thing for our economy at this stage,” Trevor Mills, banana project manager for Tai Pukenga, was quoted as saying. LatAm countries form united front against TR4 – ‘D … Ecuador’s banana exports to EU fall in Q1 … International experts assist ‘rigorous’ Colombian … EU-Mercosur trade deal increases risk of banana ov …center_img “Why can’t we grow our own, sell our own and keep all that money within our communities?”The plantation here is naturally grown, with future plans to produce as many plants as possible by growing them in labs at Massey University in Palmerston North, the article reported.”There’d be increased employment on the scientific side we’d very much like – once our tissue culture methods are established – to get people on the Tairāwhiti trained up to do that work, also the planting, the maintenance and the harvesting,” says Mills.Gisborne’s location and the wider coastline of the east coast with its close proximity to the sea make it the perfect climate for a burgeoning banana industry.”A hectare of bananas, you’ll have about 1,000 plants. If you have a 10kg bunch per plant it’s a minimum base rate of $30 per bunch you’re looking at $30,000 return after two years that is very competitive against the likes of citrus, grapes and avocados and any other horticulture crops we have here at the moment,” he was quoted as saying.www.freshfruitportal.com June 20 , 2018 You might also be interested inlast_img read more

GoldCoast based Creative Resort Agency World Res

first_imgGold-Coast based Creative Resort Agency, World Resorts of Distinction (WRD), says it is offering agents and wholesalers ‘the industry’s highest commission levels’ for the most opulent resort in the Maldives – Coco Privé Private Island.For trips between 1 – 31 December 2018, WRD will increase commission as follows:• 15% to 18% for Agents• 20% to 22% for WholesalersCoco Privé Private Island is surrounded by a reef that shields the 13,000sq ft. private island from any paparazzi, making it a favourite with royalty, Hollywood stars and a steady stream of high-flying billionaires. Residence Master BedroomFrom USD$45,000 per night guests can indulge in:• 1 private island• 5 exclusive villas• 1 master residence• 30 dedicated staff• Private luxury yacht return transfers from Male international airport• All meals and snacks personally prepared by a private chef• Selection of unlimited beverages• Unlimited spa• Unlimited diving (inclusive of diving equipment)The resort also recently announced an exclusive three-day soiree, which can be arranged for USD$50,000. Lavish even according to Maldivian standards, the unforgettable experience features endless cocktails, music and bespoke culinary experiences, as well as champagne towers and fireworks upon a private yacht. To read more about Coco Privé Private Island CLICK HERE. agentsCoco Privé Private IslandcommissionMaldiveswholesalersWorld Resorts of DistinctionWRDlast_img read more