Former Sikkim CM Nar Bahadur Bhandari passes away

first_imgNar Bahadur Bhandari, one of the longest-serving chief ministers of Sikkim, died on Sunday, State government sources said.Mr. Bhandari, a three-term former Chief Minister, was 77. He is survived by his wife Dil Kumari Bhandari, a former MP, two daughters and a son. He breathed his last at a Delhi hospital this afternoon.Born in 1940 at Malbasey in West Sikkim, Mr. Bhandari was a teacher in a government school before he joined active politics. He became the Chief Minister of Sikkim for the first time in 1979 on a Janata Parishad ticket and then again in 1984 and 1989 on a Sikkim Sangram Parishad ticket. The founder of the SSP, Mr. Bhandari remained its President till his death.Known as a pragmatic and resilient leader, Mr. Bhandari was the second Chief Minister after L.D. Kazi to hold the reins of the fledgling state which officially became a part of the Indian Union in 1975. He was also a former president of Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee.“I am extremely sad and shocked to know about the untimely demise of Shri Nar Bahadur Bhandari. With his passing away, Sikkim has lost a worthy son of the soil whose contribution to the state and its people are unparalleld.” Chief Minister Pawan Chamling said.last_img read more

Indian Man’s Australian Citizenship Cancelled Over Identity Fraud

first_imgAn Indian man has been stripped of his Australian citizenship after the Department of Home Affairs discovered he had committed identity fraud to obtain an Indian passport that was used to travel to Australia in 2003, to obtain a partner visa and subsequently for his Australian citizenship in 2007.Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton personally decided to revoke Mr Singh’s* Australian citizenship in June last year after the department’s “forensic analysis” detected the fraud.Read it at SBS Related Itemslast_img read more

Thunder center Kanter’s father released from custody in Turkey

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Enes Kanter, the Oklahoma City Thunder player, is a vocal supporter of Gulen, who the Turkish government blames for a failed military coup last summer. Mehmet Kanter had disowned his son for his open support of Gulen.Enes was detained in Romania on May 20 because his Turkish passport was cancelled. He said he was able to return to the United States after American officials intervened.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Turkish NBA Player Enes Kanter speaks to media during a news conference about his detention at a Romanian airport on May 22, 2017 in New York City. Kanter returned to the U.S. after being detained for several hours at a Romanian airport following statements he made criticizing Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. AFPANKARA, Turkey — Media reports say the father of NBA basketball player Enes Kanter has been released from police custody in Turkey, where he was detained as part of an investigation into alleged links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.The private Dogan news agency said university professor Mehmet Kanter was released Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) after five days in custody on condition that he regularly report to a police station.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Big comeback puts Halep in French Open semi against Pliskova Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

WATCH: Tennis fan yelling advice gets invite to play, puts on Kim Clijster’s skirt

first_imgDuterte to invite Robredo for a meeting in Malacañang PLAY LIST 00:51Duterte to invite Robredo for a meeting in Malacañang04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Tennis fan Chris Quinn yelled from the stands that she should try a body serve, which is when the ball is served toward’s the opponent’s body. Quinn is the captain of a tennis club in his home country of Ireland.An incredulous Clijsters then called him down to try it out, to the roaring laughter and applause of the crowd.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSpanish tennis star Conchita Martinez handed him her racket so he could play. But Quinn, who was garbed in a Green Lantern shirt and blue shorts, still had to abide by Wimbledon regulations which stipulate that players must be in all-white attires.Clijsters grabbed a spare white skirt in her bag and put it on Quinn even if he initially hesitated. The skirt was a perfect fit. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant For his bravery, the daring fan got to keep the former number-one-ranked player’s skirt. He said on Twitter that he would be auctioning it off and proceeds will go to charity. JBRELATED STORIES:Federer wins record 8th Wimbledon as Cilic bid ends in tearsNeymar fan caught in laundry room of Olympic team hotelIs Muguruza heir to Williams sisters?Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Image: Youtube/WimbledonBelgian former tennis pro Kim Clijsters put meaning to the phrase “show, don’t tell” when she invited a fan down to play in Wimbledon’s invitation doubles.Given that the invitation doubles is one of the more laid-back parts of the tournament, the four-time Grand Slam champion asked the audience for advice on how to serve.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments Standhardinger: Playing in the PBA is an option Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ After he changed into an athletic white shirt, Clijsters offered an expert serve to him—to which the Irishman was able to return. Though it was a high volley, the ball went over the net.Watch the video here:Clijsters and Quinn were friendly afterwards and even exchanged tweets. Quinn said his three daughters were huge fans of the Belgian tennis legend:You were awesome! Nice meeting you Chris ! :-)— Kim Clijsters (@Clijsterskim) July 15, 2017ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

Cricket: Hardik Pandya shoots down comparisons with legendary Indian captain

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe all-rounder who took 5-28, to put India in a winning position in the third test against England at Trent Bridge, said “I am not Kapil Dev, never wanted to be. I am happy being Hardik Pandya and please allow me to stay that way. I have a lot of respect for the legend that he is, but I want to be myself.” Clearly, Hardik Pandya dislikes getting compared to Kapil Dev.Michael Holding is one of the critics to comment on Hardik’s selection as an allrounder. He said in an interview, ” Apparently they are playing Hardik as an allrounder to help out with the bowling. When he bowls he isn’t as effective as he should be.”Till Sunday, the West Indian legend had every reason to criticize Pandya, but his performance at Trent Bridge proved to be outstanding with his length as he ran through the England middle order to give India a very good chance to win the match.Later, during the press conference, when he was asked whether he sees himself as a bowler or a batsman, Pandya bravely said: “I don’t think on those lines. When I bowl, I am a bowler, when I bat, I am a batsman” At that moment, he sounded a bit cocky, but a week down the line, nobody complained.Also Read :Cricket: India take control of the 3rd test vs England at the end of day 2last_img read more

Vieira leaves NYCFC to take Nice job

first_imgPatrick Vieira Man City confirm New York City FC boss Vieira has taken Nice job Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 07:13 6/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Patrick Vieira New York City FC Getty Images Nice New York City MLS Ligue 1 The former Arsenal midfielder is set to leave New York City and will take over from Lucien Favre as manager of the Ligue 1 outfit Manchester City have announced that Arsenal and France great Patrick Vieira is leaving New York City to become Nice head coach.Vieira heads to the Ligue 1 club as a replacement for Lucien Favre, who is taking over at Borussia Dortmund.The 41-year-old has been in charge of New York City since 2016, having led the Manchester City reserves following his retirement from playing. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “I would like to thank City Football Group and New York City FC for the opportunity to have coached this tremendous football club,” Vieira said in a statement on Man City’s website on Sunday, though it was soon deleted as if to suggest, given their was no word from NYCFC themselves, that it was published in error.”Leaving New York is an incredibly difficult decision for me and for my family and one that has not been taken lightly.”From the beginning, City Football Group and its leadership, particularly our chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Brian Marwood, Ferran Soriano and Marty Edelman, have believed in me and have helped guide me through the last eight years of my career – starting with my time as a player and ultimately culminating with my first opportunity to manage a first team.”Vieira takes the helm of a Nice outfit that finished eighth in Ligue 1 last season – just a point outside the European places.Assistant coach Christian Lattanzio, performance coach Kristian Wilson and physical performance coach Matt Cook are joining Vieira at Nice.last_img read more

Annu Rani qualifies for javelin throw finals with national record effort

first_imgAnnu Rani qualifies for javelin throw finals with national record effortJavelin thrower Annu Rani rewrote her own national record as she became the first Indian to reach the finals of the women’s javelin throw in the World Championships.advertisement Next Press Trust of India DohaSeptember 30, 2019UPDATED: September 30, 2019 22:36 IST Annu Rani remains in contention for a spot in the final. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAnnu Rani smashed her own national record during the qualification round of the World Athletics ChampionshipsAnnu Rani 1st Indian to reach finals of women’s javelin throwShe had a 60.50m in the third and final round to finish third in her group behind Asian Games championTop Indian woman javelin thrower Annu Rani qualified for the final round of the World Athletics Championships by smashing her own national record here on Monday.The 27-year-old Annu sent the iron spear to a distance of 62.43m in her second-round throw, bettering her earlier national record of 62.34m, which she achieved in March, to book a place for Tuesday’s finals.In the process, she became the first Indian to reach the finals of the women’s javelin throw in the World Championships.Annu finished third in Group A and qualified for the finals as the fifth-best performer of the qualification round.Only two javelin throwers, Asian champion Lyu Huihui (67.27m) of China and Christin Hussong (65.29m) of Germany, could cross the automatic qualification mark of 63.50m while another 10, including Annu, made up the 12, who will compete in the finals.Annu opened with a 57.05m before coming up with her career-best throw in the second round. She had a 60.50m in her third and final throw.World leader and Asian Games champion Liu Shiying (63.48m) of China and Ratej Martina (62.87m) of Slovenia finished ahead of Annu in Group A, while reigning Olympic champion Sara Kolak of Croatia was sixth with a best throw of 60.99m.The other two Indians who competed on Monday, Archana Susheendran and Anjali Devi, failed to go past the first round in the women’s 200m and 400m, respectively.The 25-year-old Archana, who got a last minute invite from the world governing body IAAF to take part in the showpiece, finished last in heat number 2 and 40th overall out of the 43 participants who completed their races, with a time of 23.65 seconds. She has a personal best of 23.18.advertisementDina Asher-Smith of Great Britain, who had won a silver in the 100m dash on Sunday, topped the overall timings chart of 200m first round heats with 22.32 seconds.The 21-year-old Anajli, meanwhile, finished sixth in heat number 6 and 36th overall out of 46 athletes, with a time of 52.33 seconds.Anjali, who underwent a confirmatory trial before being cleared for this championships, has a personal best of 51.53, which she achieving while winning gold during the Inter-State Championships in August in Lucknow.The top three finishers in each of the six heats and the next six fastest qualify for the semifinals. The slowest time that made the cut for the semifinals was 52.23.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Annu RaniFollow World Athletics Championshiplast_img read more

India vs South Africa 1st Test: Ashwin leads India fight after Elgar, de Kock epics

first_img Mayank Agarwal (IND) M. Agarwal (IND) Next vs (67.0) Super Over India Today Web Desk VisakhapatnamOctober 4, 2019UPDATED: October 4, 2019 17:14 IST de Kock and Elgar scripted a 164-run partnership to continue South Africa’s fightback (AP)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa ended Day 3 at the score of 385/8Dean Elgar hit 160, while Quinton de Kock scored a fluent 111Ravindra Jadeja picked up his 200th Test wicket in the form of ElgarSouth Africa finished Day 3 of the ongoing 1st Test in an assured position of 385/8, though still trailing India’s first innings total of 502/7 declared by 117 runs. While the tourists started the day in a precarious position on 39/3, the fact that they ended the day while keeping the Indians in the field all day was largely due to the twin centurions Dean Elgar (160) and Quinton de Kock (111). Tailenders Senuran Muthusamy (12) and Keshav Maharaj (3) were batting at the crease for South Africa when Stumps were called.With just 5 wickets in the whole day, the Indian bowlers toiled hard but were often at the receiving end of some defensive captaincy tactics and fielders not being alert to a few half-chances being created.One could not stop but feel for wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock who was visibly disappointed when he was bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin to gift him his 4th wicket of the game, with just over 7 overs remaining till Stumps. Ashwin later bowled Vernon Philander (0) to pick up his 27th 5-wicket haul in Tests.Earlier, Dean Elgar became the first South African to score a Test hundred in India since 2010 (Hashim Amla) as the opener led visitors’ valiant fightback on day three of the series-opener, here on Friday.After resuming the day at 39 for three, South Africa took tea at 292 for five to frustrate the Indian bowlers, who could manage only two wickets in 67 overs bowled today.Elgar and Faf du Plessis (55) shared 115 runs for the fifth wicket before Quinton de Kock joined the centurion in the middle.advertisementDu Plessis’ was the only wicket to fall in the extended afternoon session when Ashwin had the South African captain caught at leg gully against the run of play.The visitors made 153 runs in the session lasting 37 overs but still trail India by 210 runs. Elgar showed exemplary skills while batting in testing sub-continental conditions to score his 12th Test hundred.Indian spinners posed the biggest threat going into day three and he tackled them by mixing caution with aggression. He took the aerial route at the slightest opportunity to release pressure, smashing four sixes to go with 18 boundaries. Elgar got to the three figures in style, dispatching Ashwin for a spectacular six over the cow corner.After du Plessis’ dismissal in the 58th over, de Kock joined Elgar in taking the attack to the spinners.The wicketkeeper-batsman batted in limited-overs mode, collecting 16 fours and 2 sixes. Running out of options, India also tried part-time spinners Hanuma Vihari and Rohit Sharma but to little effect.Earlier, Elgar and du Plessis resisted the Indian attack with an unbeaten 90-run partnership which took South Africa to 153 for four at lunch.Considering what transpired in the final session on Thursday, South Africa were expected to surrender rather quickly but Elgar and Du Plessis played with positive intent against the Indian spinners.While Ashwin and Jadeja got more purchase out of the surface than the South Africa spinners, the pitch did not appear to have demons in it. The odd ball, though, did jump off the wicket.Ashwin, who looked menacing in the final session on Thursday, could not get a wicket in the morning. Both Elgar and Du Plessis were not afraid to use their feet against Ashwin, playing some lofted shots.Elgar made his intentions clear early on by going for the loft over mid-on even though it was a mishit for four. He grew in confidence from there on and was successful in executing the aerial hits and shots through the ground.Elgar, who like all South African batsmen had a forgettable tour of India four years ago, brought his 14th Test fifty with a single in the 40th over. A little later, the southpaw smashed Jadeja for two sixes and a four in the same over.The luck was also on his side when he was on 74 as Saha dropped a sharp catch off Jadeja. But in the end, Jadeja got his reward as Elgar top-edged a sweep into a running Cheteshwar Pujara’s hands, just as he looked set to last the whole day. With the wicket, Jadeja also completed 200 scalps in Tests and the 10th Indian to the feat.At the other end, Du Plessis too looked comfortable ever since he charged down the ground to Ashwin for the first six of his innings.Pacer Ishant Sharma picked up the sole wicket to fall in the session when he got one to jag back in sharply and trap Temba Bavuma (18) in front of the stumps.Also Read | Ravindra Jadeja fastest left-armed bowler to take 200 Test wicketsadvertisementAlso Read | India vs South Africa: Dean Elgar 1st South Africa batsman to hit a hundred in India in 9 yearsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow Dean ElgarFollow Quinton de KockFollow Ravichandran Ashwin 191 South Africa 323/4 d 323/4 d Freedom Trophy, 2019 India IND 431 view more view less 215 (371) & 7 (31) commentary 431 502/7 d view full scorecard South Africa SA 1st Inns advertisement Scorecard Series Status: India lead the 3 Test series 1-0 Player Of The Match: Rohit Sharma (67.0) South Africa SA (63.5) India vs South Africa 1st Test: Ashwin leads India fight after Elgar, de Kock epicsSouth African batsmen responded to the challenge of facing the Indian spin attack with courage and determination as Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock hit centuries to help their side close in on India’s mammoth 1st innings total of 502 for 7 declared. graphs 191center_img Referee: Sir Richie Richardson (WI) Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZ), Richard Illingworth (ENG) and Nigel Llong (ENG) (136.0) Freedom Trophy, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 9:30 (Local Time) 7/145 (46.2) & 1/44 (20) 176 (244) & 127 (149) India (136.0) & Top Bowlers Top Bowlers Match Ended India IND 1st Inns Ravichandran Ashwin (IND) R. Ashwin (IND) India beat South Africa by 203 runs Freedom Trophy, 2019, 1st Test (63.5) Ravindra Jadeja (IND) R. Jadeja (IND) Top Batsmen Top Batsmen 502/7 d Rohit Sharma (IND) R. Sharma (IND) 2/124 (40) & 4/87 (25) India IND 2nd Inns South Africa SA 2nd Inns Toss: IND elected to bat No data available! Match Ended (131.2) & – (131.2)last_img read more

Halifaxbased Origin BioMed Attracts Additional Investment

first_imgAn investment boost will help Origin BioMed’s flagship product, Neuragen, become even more prominent in drug stores across North America. The company is continuing its market expansion with additional support from two previous investing partners, including Nova Scotia Business Inc. This new round of financing, worth $1.2 million, includes $728,000 from NSBI Venture Capital, and $500,000 from Avrio Ventures. This is in addition to a $3.3-million investment led by GrowthWorks Atlantic and Avrio Ventures announced earlier this year. “The province, through NSBI, is supporting a company that is progressive in its field and in the province,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development. “Origin BioMed’s team continues to build this Nova Scotia-based business through success in international markets.” The company, a leading manufacturer and exporter of topical over-the-counter drug products, typically applied to the skin, will use the investment to gain brand presence for its lead product, Neuragen. Neuragen helps relieve pain caused by diabetic neuropathy, a breakdown of nerves. “Through the continued support of the province and investors like NSBI and Avrio Ventures, we have been able to keep quality at the forefront of our business,” said Robert Cervelli, president and CEO of Origin BioMed. “Origin’s product line and go-to-market strategy has been validated through strong market demand,” said Aki Georgacacos, general partner at Avrio Ventures and a member of Origin’s board of directors. “We look forward to being a partner as Origin continues its impressive growth.” “We are excited and proud to be working alongside NSBI Venture Capital and Avrio Ventures to help Origin BioMed develop into a local success story,” said Tom Hayes, president and CEO of GrowthWorks Atlantic Venture Fund Ltd. NSBI Venture Capital is focused on building Nova Scotia’s knowledge-based industries, including life sciences. This is its third investment in Origin BioMed. NSBI invested $1 million in 2007 and made a $2-million follow-on equity investment in 2008. Follow-on investments are common in the venture capital community as a company builds its share value in stages. “Origin BioMed’s success is two-fold. The company is proving itself as a world leader while continuing to be aggressive in reaching new markets,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “Working with companies like Origin BioMed helps us attract more private investment to the province.” Neuragen targets the $4-billion worldwide neuropathic pain market. About 60 to 70 per cent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage, which can cause impaired sensation or pain in the feet or hands and other nerve problems. Neuragen has provided relief for more than 70 per cent of users in clinical trials, and is being sold in the diabetic sections of drug stores, through many health profession clinics and other retail outlets. GrowthWorks-managed funds provide investment capital for Canadian companies and tax-advantaged investment opportunities for Canadian investors. GrowthWorks manages about $700 million in assets through the Working Opportunity Fund (EVCC) Ltd., GrowthWorks Atlantic Venture Fund Ltd., GrowthWorks Commercialization Fund Ltd., and GrowthWorks Canadian Fund Ltd. GrowthWorks identifies, analyzes and structures investments in companies with high growth potential. Avrio Ventures is a Calgary-based venture capital firm that supports the development of Canadian commercialization and growth stage industrial bio-products, nutraceutical ingredients and food technology companies into world-class organizations. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. NSBI Venture Capital is a mid- to late-stage investor focusing on Nova Scotia businesses in five key sectors: information and communications technology, defence and aerospace, energy, advanced manufacturing, and life sciences.last_img read more

How Rescue Pets Danced Their Way Into The Heart Of Carrie Ann

first_imgA familiar face in living rooms across the nation and beloved judge of one of America’s most popular competition reality shows, Carrie Ann Inaba, has teamed up with Best Friends Animal Society in asking people to help save the dogs and cats in our nation’s shelters.Carrie Ann Inaba supports Best Friends Animal SocietyCredit/Copyright: BestFriends.orgIn addition to being a fair but no-nonsense judge on ABC’s Emmy award-winning Dancing With The Stars, Inaba’s choreography has been an integral part of some of the most popular shows in television history including American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. Her acting credits include memorable cameo roles in two of the Austin Powers films. As a dancer, Inaba broke ground and racial stereotypes as one of In Living Color’s original “FLY GIRLS.”The proud owner of three rescue dogs and four rescue cats, Inaba took her personal passion for animal welfare to heart and founded the Carrie Ann Inaba Animal Project (CAIAP) in 2012. The CAIAP supports the rescue, welfare and well-being of animals by funding and creating collaborative programs that reduce pet over-population, and promoting the importance of spay/neuter, animal rescue and pet adoption. Inaba joins actor Danny Trejo and other celebrities who will be featured in Best Friends’ photo campaign featuring celebrities posed with their personal rescued dogs and/or cats in support of the Save Them All call to action.According to national statistics, each day more than 9,000 dogs and cats die in the nation’s shelters. Best Friends has brought increased awareness to how people can get involved in the solution by adopting, and spaying/neutering their pets, donating, volunteering and sharing this message with their friends.“I got involved with this campaign because adopting an animal is one of the most beautiful healing experiences you can have,” Inaba said. “Not only do you help heal the wounds of an animal who has been discarded, lost or who never had a family before, but animals also heal you. All seven of my ‘kids’ are adopted — some rescued right off the streets, some from the shelter system where they would have been euthanized, and some from no kill sanctuaries. Each one has brought so much joy into my life and has taught me lessons I needed to learn about life and love. Adopting an animal is a beautiful thing.”last_img read more

China factory activity softens despite stimulus

first_imgBeijing: China’s factory activity softened in April, official data showed Tuesday, in the latest sign that the world’s second-largest economy remains on uneven footing despite a raft of government stimulus measures. The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), a key gauge of factory conditions, came in at 50.1 for the month, down from 50.5 in March, the National Bureau of Statistics said. The reading is below analyst forecasts but remains above the 50.0 level separating expansion from contraction. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”The latest survey data disappoint hopes for a further recovery,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics. “The official PMIs suggest that (the second quarter) got off to a weaker start and reinforce our view that there are still some downside risks to near-term activity,” he said in a note. Growth in factory activity from last month and new orders softened, while raw material inventories declined. Tepid global demand and a trade war with Washington that has seen tariffs slapped on more than $360 billion in goods has weighed on China’s manufacturing sector. The new export and import orders sub-index rose from March, but remained in contraction territory. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysBeijing has announced a raft of stimulus to cushion the impact from its cooling economy, with spending on roads, railways and other big-ticket infrastructure projects picking up early this year, and tax cuts worth 2 trillion yuan ($297 billion) kicking in this month. Economic growth in the first quarter stabilised at 6.4 percent. NBS analyst Zhao Qinghe credited government policy for improving small business conditions. “It shows that a series of precise and effective tax and fee reduction policies and measures have gradually appeared to support the healthy development of small and micro enterprises,” Zhao said in a statement.last_img read more

UN blue helmets investigate shots fired into Lebanon from Israeli side of

3 March 2009Shots were fired today into Lebanese territory from the Israeli side of the Line of Withdrawal in contravention of the United Nations resolution that helped end fighting between the countries two years ago, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) reports. Shots were fired today into Lebanese territory from the Israeli side of the Line of Withdrawal in contravention of the United Nations resolution that helped end fighting between the countries two years ago, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) reports.A team of UNIFIL blue helmets investigating the circumstances of the incident said that at least two of the 15 shots hit a wall 50 metres over the line separating Israeli and Lebanese forces in the area of El Adeisse.The UNIFIL Force Commander, Major General Claudio Graziano, has been in contact with the Senior Commanders of the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) on the matter, the Mission said.There were no reported injuries, but a UN spokesperson told correspondents in New York that “This is a serious incident and a violation of Security Council resolution 1701,” adding that UNIFIL has protested to the IDF. read more

Modified text for Durban antiracism conference welcomed by UN rights chief

17 April 2009The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today congratulated nations for agreeing on the text of a draft outcome to be adopted at next week’s anti-racism gathering in Geneva, stressing that the process under way will help millions of people suffering from intolerance worldwide. Navi Pillay said that the 16-page document, agreed on by the Preparatory Committee this afternoon, will have an “easy passage” through the Durban Review Conference because it was so “well-deliberated” by States.“It has not been an easy process, but it is excellent that delegates have agreed on the key issues,” she said. “This process is very important for the sake of all the millions of people who suffer from racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance every day, of every week, in every part of the world.”The High Commissioner hailed the spirit of consensus that lead to agreement on the document, commending States’ commitment to “move forward together to tackle the scourge of racism.”The five-day Review Conference, opening on 20 April, seeks to assess progress and implementation thus far of the landmark Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA) agreed on by States eight years ago.As of this morning, nearly 4,000 people had registered to participate in the gathering, including more than 100 heads of delegation from Member States and over 2,500 representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs).“The commitments made by governments in 2001 were forceful and ground-breaking, but there is still much to be done in implementing them,” Ms. Pillay said. “The aim of next week’s conference is to reinvigorate implementation of those wide-ranging commitments so that we can eliminate discriminatory practices and intolerance.”Acknowledging that it is only normal that opinions differ in a diverse world, she voiced hope that by the end of the gathering, which will also be attended by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a clear message will be sent out that “we are, indeed, united against racism.” read more

Draghi calls for more government spending to support growth

FRANKFURT — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says that stimulus measures including negative interest rates will have to stay in place longer if governments do not step up spending to help growth.Draghi was quoted Monday by the Financial Times as saying: “Our policies will continue to work, albeit at a slower pace than if governments were spending more.”Draghi said that “we have countries that have fiscal space and don’t use it.” He added that the 19 countries that use the euro need to set up a central spending capacity since individual governments tend to follow their own priorities and not those of the currency union.Some governments including that of Germany, the biggest eurozone member, have resisted setting up a central fiscal fund and increasing deficit spending.The Associated Press read more

Crossborder aid reaches civilians displaced by ongoing violence in Libya – UN

A first convoy carrying urgently needed medical supplies and relief items from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was organized by the International Medical Corps (IMC) on Saturday. The two trucks set off from Medinine and crossed the border at Ras Ajdir before heading to the town of Zawiya, where some 12,000 people have sought shelter from the fighting in Libya’s capital. The IMC also sent a second convoy later Saturday of essential medicines and medical supplies to the displaced, who are living in very difficult conditions, UNHCR said. Members of the Taher Al Zawia Organization have been distributing the aid.“This weekend’s operation is crucial and, we hope, paves the way for other humanitarian aid to reach affected populations who are stranded and in dire need of assistance,” said Saado Quol, UNHCR’s acting chief of mission in Libya.UNHCR has a warehouse in Tripoli with stockpiles of critical relief items, but the agency cannot access these supplies because of the unstable security situation, which has hampered all its operations in the country since early July, including the provision of assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers.Tripoli is facing severe fuel and power shortages and this has disrupted services and the distribution of basic goods and supplies, including water, food, cooking oil, baby milk, supplies, and access to banking, said UNHCR.According to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, at least 2 million people may be at risk of food shortages if the fighting continues in Libya.The North African nation has been embroiled in some of the worst fighting since the 2011 uprising that ousted former leader Muammar al-Qadhafi and set the country on a transition to democracy. Yesterday, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) condemned the “grave escalation” in the fighting in Tripoli and its suburbs and urged all parties to work towards an immediate cessation of hostilities. read more

EUs Tusk cautious rather than optimistic on Turkey migration deal

first_imgLate last night European Union leaders were discussing the plan for Greece to return refugees to Turkey, which will require the government in Athens to conduct a huge amount of work in the coming days if the scheme is approved.European Council President Donald Tusk said he was “more cautious than optimistic” that an agreement could be reached on the plan, which is based around the EU resettling one refugee directly from Turkey for every refugee that crosses the Aegean and arrives in Greece.If approved, the deal will entail a huge amount of legal and technical work for Greek authorities in the next few days.Firstly, the country’s asylum service will have to be overhauled immediately, starting with the recognition of Turkey as a “safe third country,” which would allow asylum seekers to be returned there from Greece.Legislation would also have to change so that asylum applications are processed within days rather than months, as is the case now.At the same time, Greece will have to remove all the refugees and migrants currently on its islands and take them to camps on the mainland. This has to happen before the agreement with Turkey for the return of anyone arriving on the islands can begin. This means some 8,000 people will have to be transferred.Having done this, the Greek government will have to set up a system to register and process any new arrivals on the islands and examine their asylum applications. Each person applying for asylum will have to be interviewed as part of the process and each application examined separately. The arrivals will have the right to appeal if their asylum claim is rejected.This would require hundreds of public servants and other personnel to be stationed on the islands. This includes judges, employees of Greece’s asylum service, translators, security staff and officials from the EU’s border agency, Frontex. Also, there will be Turkish observers on the islands to ensure the refugees sent back have traveled from Turkey in the first place.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

US to reclassify some nuke waste as less dangerous to quicken cleanup

first_imgSPOKANE — The U.S. government on Wednesday will reclassify some of the nation’s most dangerous radioactive waste to lower its threat level, outraging critics who say the move would make it cheaper and easier to walk away from cleaning up nuclear weapons production sites in Washington state, Idaho and South Carolina.The U.S. Department of Energy said labeling some high-level waste as low level will save $40 billion in cleanup costs across the nation’s entire nuclear weapons complex. The material that has languished for decades in the three states would be taken to low-level disposal facilities in Utah or Texas, the agency said.“This administration is proposing a responsible, results-driven solution that will finally open potential avenues for the safe treatment and removal of the lower level waste,” Energy Undersecretary Paul Dabber said. “This will accelerate cleanup and reduce risk.”The agency will maintain standards set by the independent Nuclear Regulatory Commission, “with the goal of getting the lower-level waste out of these states without sacrificing public safety,” Dabber said.Critics said it’s a way for federal officials to walk away from their obligation to properly clean up a massive quantity of radioactive waste left from nuclear weapons production dating to World War II and the Cold War.last_img read more

Caribbean Tales Flow Into Production

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, flow Flow in TCI says many areas up and running, encourages reports to 611 FLOW Mobile Top Up Made Easy with Scotiabank Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Young Footballers from Antigua and Trinidad emerge as winners of Flow Ultimate Football Experience Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMIAMI, FL, February 23, 2017– Three of the Caribbean’s leading film producers will now develop pilots for their original TV series projects, via funding from Flow and CaribbeanTales Media Group.With $40,000 funding for each project, production work will begin on Battledream Chronicle, a sci-fi/drama animated series created by Alain Bidard, which is based on his groundbreaking multi-award winning feature film; Heat, a sweltering crime/drama series filmed in Barbados from iconic filmmaker Menelik Shabazz  (Burning an Illusion, The Story of Lover’s Rock and more); and Caribbean Girl NYC, an ensemble female-driven sitcom from NY-based Guadeloupian filmmaker/producer Mariette Monpierre, whose award-winning film Elza won, among others, the prestigious NYT award.Support for these pilots is part of CaribbeanTales Incubator Program (CTI), a year-round development and production hub for Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora Producers to assist in the creation of strong, compelling and sustainable regional content for the global market.“We recognise the significant hurdles that Caribbean Producers face in financing and producing their content, and getting it out to audiences,” said John Reid, CEO of Cable and Wireless, operator of Flow and lead sponsor of CTI. “We are honoured to help support this programme that is enabling the production and monetisation of this exciting emerging cultural industry.”Production on the pilots will begin in April 2017.   They will premier later this year at the twelfth annual CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF). Flow is also the lead sponsor of CTFF, a mix of exciting and dynamic films that showcase diverse, shared stories and cultures, and celebrates the talents of established and emerging filmmakers of Caribbean heritage.   The festival will be held in Toronto, Canada between September 6 and September 20, 2017.As an added bonus, an eight-part documentary series has been filmed and is currently in post-production.   The series follows the ten teams of filmmakers who competed for this prestigious award, and will be shown on Flow1 later this year.Frances-Anne Solomon, CEO of CaribbeanTales, states, “We are delighted that, together with Flow, we are able to provide the Caribbean’s top filmmakers with funding and a platform to produce top quality, local, content with the capacity to reach audiences across the region and the world.”Visit the CTI website for more information and to apply for the 2017 CTI programme.  And follow Flow and CaribbeanTales on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date.CTI is now accepting applications for its 2017 programme: #MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

Thousands left jobless in Tamil Nadu as small medium industries close

first_imgMSME in Tamil Nadu decline [Representational image]Creative CommonsNumber of Macro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has sharply fallen in the Tamil Nadu, leaving thousands jobless.The government said that 49,329 MSME units have closed, while employment in the sector is down by 5,19,075 people during the 2017-18 year. Many cite the imposition of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as a key factor.According to the Policy Note 2018-19, tabled in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, the number of registered MSME units in the state came down to 2,17,981 units last fiscal from 2,67,310 units in 2016-17.The number of persons employed in the MSME sector came down to 13,78,544 in 2017-18 from 18,97,619 persons in 2016-17. The investment in the MSME sector too, fell down to Rs 25,373.12 crore in 2017-18 from Rs 36,221.78 crore. Never before has there been such a fall in the MSME sector in Tamil Nadu.The Policy Note further goes on to show that out of the 10,073 MSME’s that signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state, only 5,358 have started production with a total investment of Rs. 6,182.03 crore as of March 31. The government signed the MoU at the Global Investors Meet in 2015.As per industry officials, there is a huge list of reasons including delayed payments by corporates, lack of orders, shunning by banks and other financial institutions and GST related issues.To worsen problems, industrial investment in Tamil Nadu has fallen sharply since many big projects have shifted to Andhra Pradesh, where the government offers more favourable terms. As a result, the state has seen investments to the tune of Rs. 25,000 crore from industries like Kia Motors, Bharat Forge, Ashok Leyland, Apollo Tyres and others.”Delayed payment by big corporates for the goods supplied is a major issue faced by the MSME sector. Further, the drying up of orders, procedures connected with the GST are some of the major hurdles faced by the MSME units,” K. Gopalakrishnan, Managing Partner, Trans Gears and a past President of Tamil Nadu Small and Tiny Industries Association (Tanstia) told IANS.”One of the major problems is the attitude of the bankers. Laden by non-performing assets (NPA), the bankers are avoiding lending to MSME units. In addition, they also demand collateral for loans even though the schemes do not insist on that,” Gopalakrishnan added. He also went on to mention the rise in land prices, making it hard for industries to make a decent profit.According to him, there are several units that keep their shutters open without activity. Edappadi Palaniswami, a loyalist of interim general secretary of AIADMK party V. K. Sasikala, leaves the Raj Bhavan after swearing in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, in Chennai, February 16, 2017.ReutersS Ramadoss, founder of Pattali Makkal Katchi political party, criticised the government for lack of involvement in the issue, saying it was too serious to be brushed aside. He alleged that corruption in the state government was causing investors to shun the state and locate elsewhere. “During the last 12 years the sector has not seen such a large scale closure of MSME units,” Ramadoss said. According to Ramadoss, Tamil Nadu received investments worth just Rs. 1,574 crore. This fall severely impacted MSME units as there were no fresh orders or clients to cater to.The Tamil Nadu government has responded by saying that investment proposals worth about Rs. 45,000 crore have nearly been finalised, and the MoU’s for the projects would be signed soon. The investments include- petroleum refinery projects (Rs. 28,800 crores), automobile manufacturing (Rs. 2,500 crores), glass and glass fibre manufacturing (Rs. 2,000 crores), two-wheeler R&D and manufacturing (Rs. 1,000 crores), four auto-component projects (Rs. 1,800 crores) and others.[With inputs from IANS]last_img read more