J&K civic poll: ₹10 lakh cover for contestants

first_imgFacing a volatile situation, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has proposed to offer insurance cover of ₹10 lakh to all candidates participating in the polls to the civic bodies and panchayats in the State. Meanwhile, the Congress and JD (U) on Wednesday decided to participate in the polls. Sources said Governor Malik discussed the insurance cover with senior officials of the State and gave his nod. However, the State Administrative Council is yet to issue any formal order. Around 33,400 panch and sarpanch seats will be filled through the polls. Governor Malik, who chaired a meeting of deputy commissioners and superintendents of police in Srinagar, directed officers “to generate awareness among people about the importance of the upcoming elections.” Eleven grassroots representatives have been killed since the last elections in 2011.However, candidates seem not impressed by the move to provide insurance. “More than insurance cover, our demand is that the government should provide a secure atmosphere,” said JKPC chairman Shafiq Mir.Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who has given a boycott call, termed insurance cover “a bait to entrap people and become scapegoats”.Meanwhile, Congress and JD(U), unlike National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party, have decided to contest the upcoming elections.“The current political and security situation in the Valley is the outcome of the pro-BJP policies of the PDP. Congress believes that under the grim situation prevailing in the Valley all mainstream political and other secular forces must unite to defeat the designs of BJP-RSS. We won’t keep ground open for communal forces,” said State Congress chief G.A. Mir. He said people need to deter the BJP-RSS from taking mileage out of so-called boycott by regional forces. “We reiterate our demand to the Governor to ensure security to everyone in the fray,” said Mr. Mir.Janata Dal (United) state president G.M. Shaheen said his party will also field candidates. “Our candidates in north Kashmir’s Kupwara and Baramulla districts have already started getting forms from the authorities concerned,” said Mr. Shaheen.last_img read more

Himachal Governor orders officials to act

first_imgHimachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat on Sunday directed officials to take necessary action after a Dalit family cremated an elderly woman in a jungle in Kullu after upper caste people allegedly did not let them use the village crematorium, a spokesperson said. The Governor took cognisance of the matter after a delegation of Sri Ravidas Dharma Sabha, led by its president Karam Chand Bhatia, brought the matter to his attention, he added. The alleged incident had taken place in Fozal valley of Kullu district. A elderly woman, a resident of Dhara village, died on Thursday after prolonged illness. Her grandson, Tape Ram, has alleged that when the funeral procession reached the public crematorium of the village, some upper caste men stopped them. A video is making the rounds on social media in which Tape Ram is seen recording his statement while his grandmother is being cremated in the backdrop. Mr. Ram can be heard saying, “They (upper caste men) said we shall be responsible if anything bad happens due to wrath of the deity. So we brought the body to nearby nullah and cremated it.”last_img read more

Vajpayee Government does minor reshuffle of portfolios

first_imgIN HIGH PLACES: (From left) Adsul, Verma, Geete, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Vajpayee, Shekhawat and L.K. AdvaniThe minor reshuffle of portfolios in the Vajpayee Government was indeed minor. The move to depute two BJP ministers for party work fizzled out.While Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee was forced to replace Shiv Sena’s Suresh,IN HIGH PLACES: (From left) Adsul, Verma, Geete, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Vajpayee, Shekhawat and L.K. AdvaniThe minor reshuffle of portfolios in the Vajpayee Government was indeed minor. The move to depute two BJP ministers for party work fizzled out.While Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee was forced to replace Shiv Sena’s Suresh Prabhu with Anant Geete as power minister following Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s diktat, he stopped short of positive action.While senior Union ministers Arun Jaitley and M. Venkaiah Naidu stepped down from the Cabinet to strengthen the party last month, Vasundhara Raje and Uma Bharati are having second thoughts.The BJP brass has been unable to persuade Minister of State for Personnel Raje to work out a time-table to take over as Rajasthan party chief.After Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat’s move to the Centre, there is a vacuum in Jaipur, but Raje hasn’t yet obliged. Neither did the former sports minister.Bharati’s shift to the Coal Ministry though is rather surprising, coming as it does after her high-profile presence at the Manchester Commonwealth Games. She was supposed to take over from Madhya Pradesh BJP party president Vikram Verma, who has been given the sports portfolio, but didn’t. Former chief minister Kailash Joshi has been named for the post.The BJP’s “generational shift” strategy has come apart within a month. The other addition in the Vajpayee ministry – now 78 strong – is Sena MP Anantrao Adsul. If Adsul and Geete fail to deliver on Thackeray’s demands, there might be another reshuffle.advertisementlast_img read more

Man City 3 wins from retaining Premier League title

first_imgView comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting A 2-0 win over fierce rival Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday allowed City to climb over the biggest obstacle on its way to retaining the title, a feat no team has achieved in a decade. Beat Burnley away, Leicester at home and Brighton away, and Guardiola’s team will make yet more history.City moved a point ahead of Liverpool in an oscillating title race in which neither of the two protagonists is backing down. Neither side has dropped points since Liverpool drew 0-0 at Everton on March 3, and City is on an 11-match winning streak in the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCity’s class of 2018-19 has reached new levels of scoring, too. Thanks to second-half strikes by Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane, City has now scored 157 goals in all competitions for the season — beating the English record for a single top-flight campaign that the team held from the pre-Guardiola era in 2013-14.While City is arguably getting better, United is seemingly regressing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. This was a seventh loss in United’s last nine games, with five of them coming in the six matches since Solskjaer was given the full-time job at Old Trafford following an impressive spell in interim manager. Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane, right, celebrate at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday April 24, 2019. Manchester City won 2-0. (AP Photo/Jon Super)MANCHESTER, England— As an excitable Pep Guardiola congratulated his players one by one in the center of the field, a chant of “Champions” rang out from the Manchester City fans in one corner of an otherwise-deserted Old Trafford.Three more victories and City will indeed be a Premier League winner once again.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles With doubts emerging about the desire and attitude of some of its players, United is set to end the season without qualifying for the Champions League, potentially making Solskjaer’s attempts to rebuild the team this offseason even harder.United is in sixth place — two points behind Arsenal, three behind Chelsea and six adrift of third-place Tottenham — and would drop out of top-four contention with a loss to Chelsea on Sunday.Arsenal gave United some hope by losing 3-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers in Wednesday’s other match. It is the first time Arsenal has lost back-to-back matches in the league since the opening two games of the season.DE GEA CULPABLEDavid De Gea has won plenty of games for United almost single-handedly in recent years but the goalkeeper was possibly at fault for both of City’s goals in a derby that became one-sided after a tight first 30 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Wolves took advantage of several defensive mistakes by Arsenal to score first-half goals through Ruben Neves, Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota and earn a first league win over Arsenal in 40 years.Sokratis Papastathopoulos headed in a late consolation goal for Arsenal but Unai Emery’s side has won just six times on the road this season and is now one point behind Chelsea in fifth ahead of another tough away game at Leicester on Sunday.Arsenal’s best chance of qualifying for the Champions League might be through winning the Europa League, where the team is through to the semifinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The Spain international was slow to get down to Bernardo Silva’s 54th-minute shot that crept inside the near post and then failed to keep out Sane’s powerful shot that virtually went straight at the legs of De Gea. Last week, De Gea let a shot from Lionel Messi slip through his grasp in a heavy Champions League loss at Barcelona.“In times like this, it’s not time to point fingers or blame anyone,” Solskjaer said. “We have to stick together.”Solskjaer did, though, make it abundantly clear that United’s performances aren’t good enough for a club of its stature.“You can’t linger along,” he said, “because the Premier League is so competitive that suddenly you’ll be caught up by other teams as well.”City saw Fernandinho hobble off with a muscle injury early in the second half, while Ilkay Gundogan battled through the second half after getting hurt by a fierce challenge by Jesse Lingard.Next up for City, which is on a punishing run of a game every three or four days, is one of the most physical teams in the Premier League.“I know people are going to say how pretty we are, how handsome we are,” Guardiola said. “But now we have to go to Burnley!”HUNGRY WOLVESChelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and now Arsenal have all been beaten at Molineux this season. Man City only left the stadium with a point.It has been some return to the Premier League for Wolves, which is on target to finish the so-called “best of the rest” in seventh place. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Blake Griffin has arthroscopic surgery on left kneelast_img read more

SPORTS RESULTS FOUR

first_img4Th Race: The Brown Wolf Handicap . Dist about 1200 Mts. 4Th Race: The Brown Wolf Handicap . Dist about 1200 Mts. Bucharest ( Mrs.Sudhir D.Ahuja) 56.5 Jorawar Singh First. Annie Oakley 53 Shailesh Shinde Second. Hudson Hawk 59 Ranidan Sigh Third. Monsieur Strauss 55.5 Vinay Jaiswal Fourth. All Ran. Won by:Neek 7-4-3 Time: 1 Min 15.793 Sec. Win Rs 39/- Tote: Rs. 17/- for win, Rs. 19/- for places. Quinella: Rs 90/-. Shp:. Rs 37/-. Tanala: Rs 423 on 126 tkts. Favourite:Fire Song . Winner Trained by: Javed Khan. — More PTI COR PS PDSlast_img read more

Australian men, women football players close gender pay gap

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Critics say the women will still end up with a much smaller share and that the teams should share the same percentage of a total prize money pool.Players in the United States, including stars Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, filed a lawsuit in March against the U.S. Soccer Federation alleging gender and pay discrimination between the men’s and women’s national teams.The U.S. has won the last two Women’s World Cup titles. A May 5 trial date has been set in Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Rice industry paralysis Under the agreement, players are entitled to 40% of prize money on qualifying for a FIFA World Cup, representing an increase from 30%. That share of prize money increases to 50% if they progress to the knockout stage of the competition.“The new agreement reflects football’s determination to address issues of gender equity in all facets of the game and build a sustainable financial model that rewards players as national team revenues increase,” a joint statement said. “Significantly for the Matildas, a new three-tiered centralized contract system will see Australia’s finest women’s footballers provided with increased annual remuneration with the tier 1 players earning the same amount as the top Socceroos.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe agreement still doesn’t reflect equal remuneration: the Socceroos’ prize money is exponentially greater than the Matildas at the World Cup.At the 2018 men’s World Cup in Russia, the Socceroos earned $8 million in prize money for exiting in the group stage without winning a game. The Matildas earned $1 million in prize money for making the round of 16 at the Women’s World Cup in France this year. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?center_img NBA fines Clippers $50,000 for statements about Leonard MOST READ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ LATEST STORIES FILE – Australia huddles before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between Australia and Peru at Fisht Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Sochi, Russia. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPSYDNEY — Australia’s football federation and players’ union say they have agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement that closes the pay gap between the men’s and women’s national teams.The new four-year CBA announced on Wednesday ensures the Socceroos and Matildas receive a 24% share of an agreed aggregate of generated revenues in 2019-20, rising by 1% each year.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:45Australian student detained in N. Korea ‘released, safe’02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View commentslast_img read more

Ravi Shastri to meet Committee of Administrators next week, expected to get his core support team

first_imgNewly-appointed Team India head coach Ravi Shastri will meet the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Monday regarding the selection of his support staff.WATCH FULL VIDEOShastri is in London and will meet the CoA right after touching down in Mumbai. He was pitching for Bharat Arun’s return as bowling coach and is expected to get him on board on a full-time basis.The meeting will also be attended by the acting president of the board CK Khanna, secretary Amitabh Choudhary, CEO Rahul Johri and CoA chief Vinod Rai.”We have taken the board on the recommendations of the CAC for Mr. Ravi Shastri as the head coach. And we have decided that for further coaches and others, we must have a discussion with Mr. Ravi Shastri. We have discussed with him, he is away. He comes back tomorrow or day after,” said Rai.”We have set up a committee of Diana Edulji, Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary, acting president of the board CK Khanna and CEO Rahul Johri as a convener, who will speak to them and Ravi Shastri and make the selection of the other coaches,” he added.For further coaches&others, must hv discussion with Ravi Shastri. Then we set up a committee of Diana,Acting Pres,Secy&CEO as Convener:V Rai pic.twitter.com/edD7AefvdI- ANI (@ANI_news) July 15, 2017Recommendation has been made which COA has to act upon which will be done in consultation with head coach: V Rai on Rahul Dravid&Zaheer Khanadvertisement- ANI (@ANI_news) July 15, 20173 core appointments batting,fielding&bowling decided. Hv to consult them, ensure their willingness&see there’s no conflict of interest:V Rai- ANI (@ANI_news) July 15, 2017Team India already has Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar as its full-time batting and fielding coach respectively. The role of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan, who were appointed batting and bowling consultants respectively, will also be discussed in the meeting.While the BCCI has already clarified in a statement that Zaheer’s appointment is on a tour-to-tour basis, it is clear that he will be spending around five months with the Indian team.Zaheer reportedly did not wish to commit more than 100 days but with Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) insisting, it is now a done deal for 150 days.”There’s no such thing as a contract as yet. These are just recommendations. A recommendation has been made and the CoA has to act on that. That recommendation will be acted upon in consultation of the head coach,” he said. Earlier there were reports which said that Shastri was unhappy with the appointment of Zaheer as bowling coach as he wanted to bring his trusted man Arun for the job.Reports in some quarters claimed the CoA felt that the CAC, comprising Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman went out of their ambit in picking the coach.Hurt by these criticism and reports, the CAC wrote a letter to the CoA chairman Vinod Rai and said the appointments were made after informing the new coach Shastri and India captain Virat Kohli.”We spoke to Mr Shastri about getting Mr Khan and Mr Dravid on board in these capacities, and he readily agreed to the idea of having them in the set-up so that it could benefit the team and Indian cricket as a whole in time to come,” the CAC wrote in its letter.last_img read more

Panathinaikos Survives Apollon, 81-73

first_imgLeague-leading perennial power Panathinaikos looked lethargic but managed to come away with an 81-73 win against a hard-charging Apollon Patras team in the Greek basketball league on Jan 13, playing at an empty Olympic Sports Hall because of a penalty barring fans from attending.The win saved the Green perfect home record to stay on top of the A1 league heading into a game against its arch-rival Olympiakos next week. Olympiakos, the European champion, is playing poorly but managed to get into second place a day earlier by beating Panionios, 77-66, a few days after taking a 30 point beating to Armani Milano in European club play.“Our players have to realize where they are, and which vest they are wearing,” said an angry Argyris Pedoulakis after the match with Apollon. Panathinaikos almost blew a 19-point (49-30) lead as the visitors challenged the league leaders with a spirited effort against their highly favored opponents.Victories by Ilisiakos and Kolossos led to the firing of the coaches of their opponents. Ilsiakos beat AGO Rethymnou 86-72, whose coach Thanasis Yaples and his likely replacement with Giorgos Kalafatakis were dumped. The Rhodes team upset Aris in Thessaloniki 68-57 to force the return of coach Milan Minic to the Yellows after almost 11 years.PAOK, in fourth, beat cellar-dweller Ikaros 86-78 at Halkida to stay one point ahead of KAO Dramas, which beat visiting Trikala 83-70. Newly promoted Nea Kifissia climbed to the sixth place with its 81-73 win of Panelefsiniakos.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Zaman career best 61 bolsters Pakistan

first_imgHarare, July 1 (AFP) A career best 61 from opening batsman Fakhar Zaman set up Pakistan’s imposing 182 for 4 in their tri-series opener against hosts Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club on Sunday. Zaman’s efforts were boosted by a late flurry of boundaries from Asif Ali and veteran batsman Shoaib Malik, who put on an unbroken 62 for the fifth wicket at the death. Zaman kept Pakistan steady through the first half of their innings while Zimbabwe, having opted to bowl first, chipped away at the other end with regular strikes. Mohammad Hafeez, recalled to the Pakistan national team after his bowling action was cleared last month, made just seven runs — including a six –before splicing a big shot down the ground to be excellently caught by new Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza, backpedalling from mid off. Medium pacer Chamu Chibhabha had Hussain Talat caught behind for a scratchy 10, and when Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed popped a simple catch into the covers off spinner Tendai Chisoro, Pakistan were 78 for 3. They were helped by Zaman’s fluent scoring at the other end, and he brought up his second T20I half century from 33 deliveries with a flick through square leg in the 13th over. Zaman appeared settled at the crease, but two overs later he missed a heave at Chisoro and had his leg stump pegged back. By then, however, Pakistan were 121 for 4, and with just over five overs still to be bowled had set a considerable platform. Ali and Malik combined to plunder 61 from the last five, including five sixes, as Zimbabwe’s bowlers struggled to contain them. Chisoro, with 2 for 28, and Kyle Jarvis, with 1 for 9 from the two overs he bowled, were the only bowlers to escape punishment.advertisement Zimbabwe responded slowly and still required 99 runs off the final six overs as they moved ponderously to 89 for 5 with Tarisai Mukasanda contributing 34. (AFP) ATATlast_img read more

La Province renouvelle les ententes de financement pour léducation et les services

first_imgLe gouvernement provincial et le gouvernement du Canada ont renouvelé deux ententes de partage des coûts pour la promotion et l’appui de l’éducation et des services en français en Nouvelle-Écosse. Graham Steele, ministre des Affaires acadiennes, et Marilyn More, ministre de l’Éducation, ont fait l’annonce aujourd’hui 9 août à Halifax, accompagnés de James Moore, ministre du Patrimoine canadien. Le gouvernement provincial et le gouvernement du Canada contribuent une somme égale à l’Entente Canada – Nouvelle-Écosse relative aux services en français 2009-2013, qui est d’une valeur totale de 11,2 millions de dollars. « Le fait d’appuyer la planification et la prestation de programmes et services en français en Nouvelle-Écosse contribue à améliorer la vie des familles, a dit M. Steele. Je suis heureux que la collaboration entre nos gouvernements permettra aux membres de la communauté acadienne et francophone de continuer à avoir accès aux services du gouvernement provincial dans leur langue maternelle. » Le financement de l’entente servira à appuyer les programmes et services en français, la formation linguistique des employés du gouvernement, les services de traduction et les postes de coordonnateurs des services en français. L’entente sera gérée par l’Office des affaires acadienne par l’entremise du Plan stratégique de la Nouvelle-Écosse pour les services en français. Les gouvernements du Canada et de la Nouvelle-Écosse ont également renouvelé le Protocole d’entente sur les langues officielles dans l’enseignement, une entente de partage des coûts de quatre ans pour la promotion et l’appui de l’enseignement en français dans les écoles de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Les gouvernements contribuent une somme égale à cette entente bilatérale, d’une valeur totale de 61,2 millions de dollars. Le financement fédéral aidera le gouvernement provincial à couvrir les dépenses additionnelles liées à la prestation d’une éducation de qualité en français langue maternelle et en français langue seconde à tous les niveaux. « Cette entente est un investissement dans les jeunes de la communauté acadienne et francophone, ainsi que dans tous les jeunes de la Nouvelle-Écosse qui veulent apprendre le français comme langue seconde, a dit Mme More. Cette entente permettra à la Nouvelle-Écosse de continuer à offrir une éducation de qualité en français langue maternelle et en français langue seconde aux élèves de tout âge. » L’entente servira à financer l’élaboration de programmes d’études en français langue maternelle et en français langue seconde, des bourses et des camps d’été pour les élèves, des programmes de soutien aux enseignants ainsi que du matériel et des ressources pédagogiques. Elle prévoit aussi le financement des programmes de numératie et de littératie à l’intention des élèves du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. En Nouvelle-Écosse, environ 75 000 élèves sont inscrits aux programmes en français dans les écoles publiques. Les deux ententes sont en vigueur du 1er avril 2009 au 31 mars 2013.last_img read more

Lowincome Seniors Receive Tax Refund Cheques

first_imgThe province is returning about $9 million in income tax this year to about 18,000 seniors as part of its commitment to help make ends meet. The refund, announced in the 2010-11 budget, gives seniors who receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) a refund of their provincial income tax. Every eligible senior will receive at least $50. “We’re really happy to be putting this money back into the hands of seniors, because we know that every dollar counts,” said Graham Steele, Minister of Finance. “This was a personal initiative of Premier Darrell Dexter and it will make life a little better for thousands of low-income seniors.” The Department of Finance used information from 2010 tax returns to assess eligibility and process refunds. The first mailing this week will provide about 15,500 low-income seniors with more than $6.6 million. “Low-income seniors are increasingly finding it difficult to pay every-day expenses,” said Sandra Murphy, executive director of Community Links, a provincial organization of 270 senior and senior-serving organizations. “This tax refund for seniors on GIS is a recognition of that reality and provides a tangible benefit for low-income seniors in the province.” As tax-return information is received from the Canada Revenue Agency, more cheques will be processed and mailed this fall. Seniors do not have to apply for this refund, but they must file a tax return each year. Those who did not file a return in this taxation year, but who are eligible, can still receive the refund when they file a tax return.last_img read more

Akshay Kareenas Good News is now Good Newwz

first_imgMumbai: Actors Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor Khan’s upcoming film which was earlier titled “Good News”, has got a slight change in its name. The film is now called “Good Newwz”. While wishing Akshay on his 52nd birthday on Monday, filmmaker Karan Johar, who is co-producing the film, brought the title change to fans’ notice with his tweet. “Happy birthday Akshay, we love you!!!! The GOOD NEWS is that our film #GOODNEWWZ will end the year with a bang!!!! Can’t wait for all of you to see it,” he wrote. The film also stars actors Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani in pivotal roles. It is a laugh riot, family drama in which Akshay and Kareena are playing a married couple and trying for a baby. “Good Newwz” will release on December 27.last_img read more

KMC starts conducting expensive blood tests free of cost

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has started conducting costly blood tests free of cost for the treatment of kidney ailments, diabetes and heart and thyroid related problems.A senior civic official said costly tests like the liver function test, kidney test, thyroid test, lipid profile and fasting and PP sugar tests are done at KMC laboratories situated in the boroughs, free of cost. KMC has set up urban primary health centres in every ward, where treatment is done by specialised doctors. There are full-time and part-time doctors at the centres. A senior KMC doctor said the number of people suffering from diabetes and heart ailments has gone up sharply over the past few years. To combat the situation, special diabetic clinics have been opened in every borough where endocrinologists offer treatment to the patients. The clinics are being run once a week. The doctors treating diabetics in the wards refer critical patients to the special clinics. He said what is most alarming is that children are often found to be suffering from diabetes because of sedentary lifestyle and wrong food habits. He said in many cases, the parents bring the children to the clinics but suddenly stop medicines when the sugar level comes under control. However, many of these children are found to be suffering from total renal failure when they grow up. He said if the children are found to be suffering from diabetes, the parents should sit with the doctors separately and know about the disease as well as the treatment. He said heart diseases are going up among people coming from economically weaker sections. Heart treatment is very costly and state-run hospitals are overcrowded. In KMC clinics, the patients are examined by expert doctors, who treat them. In addition to this, patients suffering from respiratory distress are also treated there. It may be mentioned that KMC has set up 16 dengue clinics in Kolkata, where the patients are given medicines free of cost. The civic official regretted that as the tests are conducted free of cost, people prefer private laboratories to KMC labs. He said KMC will soon launch a campaign, urging pople to come to the KMC clinics and urban primary health centres.last_img read more

Ban calls on regional bloc to find peaceful resolution to Honduran crisis

Mr. Zelaya was ousted by the military on 28 June, hours before a referendum was slated to be held on changing the Honduran constitution. He attempted to fly back to Honduras yesterday, accompanied by General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto and several regional leaders, but was prevented from landing at the airport in the capital, Tegucigalpa.At least two people were reportedly killed when soldiers clashed with supporters of the President over the weekend. “I am very saddened by the loss of lives in the course of these demonstrations,” Mr. Ban told a news conference in Geneva, where he is currently on an official visit.He said the Honduran authorities “should refrain from using excessive force,” and added that the country’s citizens “should be allowed to express their free will, without being intimidated, without being threatened by physical force.”He stressed that any unconstitutional change of power is unacceptable, and welcomed the role and the measures taken by the OAS. “I sincerely hope that [the] OAS at this time will take the necessary leadership role to find a peaceful solution to this issue, whereby the constitutional order can be restored.”The coup d’état has received widespread condemnation from both within and outside the UN. Last week the General Assembly adopted a resolution deploring the incident, which it stated has “interrupted the democratic and constitutional order and the legitimate exercise of power in Honduras.”Also last week, a group of independent UN human rights experts voiced serious concern over the situation in the Central American nation and called for the lifting of curbs on fundamental freedoms. 6 July 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his sadness at the deaths that have occurred in Honduras following the ouster of President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales, and called on the Organization of American States (OAS) to find a peaceful resolution to the ongoing crisis. read more

The Phonekerchief stops unwanted calls as long as you dont mind wrapping

first_imgLook, we know: it can be annoying when you’re talking to someone in meat space and they’re constantly fiddling with their phones. Whether it’s texting someone mid-conversation, updating their Foursquare or answering a call in the middle of dinner, bad cell phone manners can be really irritating… but we still don’t really “get” this product.It’s called the Phonekerchief, and it bills itself as a cellphone signal blocking handkerchief that you can wrap your phone in before a conversation begins. The handkerchief is emblazoned with the words, “My phone is off for you,” so basically, you’re sending a showy message to the person you’re talking with: I’m turning off my phone, I expect you to do the same.AdChoices广告Could this product be actually more irritating than someone answering a call during a lunch date, though? I think so: it’s just so pompous, so self-aggrandizing yet so passive aggressive. Who the heck even carries around a handkerchief with them in this day and age? it couldn’t be more pretentious if it were a cellphone signal blocking monocle.For that matter, why spend $15 for this product to begin with? Can’t you just pointedly turn off your phone when you begin to talk to someone if it’s important you not be interrupted? Can’t you have the bravery to ask the person you’re with to do the same?I’d slap this out of the hands of someone if they pulled it out in front of me. Hey, yeah, sorry, chief: I don’t live in Victorian England, with its snooty handkerchiefs. Moreover, I’m not a jackass. Instead, i live in the connected world, and sometimes that means I have to field a call. If you have a problem with that, you know what? Just ask. Don’t start waving a passive aggressive snot rag around to send me the message.Read more at Phonekerchieflast_img read more

Scientists locate and remove specific neuron that causes itching

first_imgHave you ever wondered what causes you to itch? Sure, an outside stimulus coming into contact with your skin will do the trick, but why are you suddenly itchy when you’re pretty sure nothing touched that spot on your arm? The running theories were that itches are some kind of pain so mild that it felt like an itch, or that, essentially, some nerves were acting up for a minute. Now, however, a group of scientists have isolated a specific neuron that causes us to itch, and doesn’t seem to do much else.Two Johns Hopkins neuroscientists, Liang Hong and Xinzhong Dong, found a protein receptor — dubbed MrgprA3 — on some neurons that have nerve endings in the skin. When observed, the team found that certain chemicals caused the neurons to send electrical signals, but painful stimuli — as opposed to the innocuous chemicals — did not cause the signals to fire. To test those findings, scientists removed all of the MrgprA3 neurons from a group of lab mice, and found that the mice didn’t respond to itchy stimuli, whereas they still responded to painful stimuli.At the very least, the team found that the neurons that contain the MrgprA3 protein receptor cause itching. To identify whether or not the MrgprA3 receptors respond to other feelings, the scientists engineered a receptor that reacts to capsaicin — the substance that makes a pepper spicy. The team stuck the receptor into the MrgprA3 neurons of mice that didn’t have a capsaicin receptor. So, if the MrgprA3 neurons are responsible for itching, when capsaicin is injected into the mice, it should cause them to itch instead of feel the pain of being injected with capsaicin. The scientists injected the mice with capsaicin, and the mice scratched themselves rather than felt pain, thus proving that the MrgprA3 neurons are specific to feeling itchy.The experiment shows that itching is separate from other sensations, and that should lead toward remedies for itching maladies, such as poison ivy, or perhaps chickenpox. Maybe we’ll one day have a pill to take to prevent itchiness when we come across a video on the internet featuring bugs.last_img read more

People Really Want to Watch Fidget Spinner Porn

first_img Fidget spinners are appearing in classrooms, offices, and … pornos?The stress-relieving toy recently saw a strange surge in popularity among children and adults, who casually spin the device to release nervous energy.But let’s face it: It was only a matter of time before the mainstream trinket became a means of sexploitation.New data from Pornhub reveals that “fidget spinner” searches outpaced other terms to become the top-trending query of May.“Our statisticians found that as of May 10, searches began to grow, with a massive overnight increase on May 16,” a company blog post said.Peak “fidget spinner” inquiries swelled to more than 280 percent above average on Sunday, May 21. By Monday, Pornhub counted a total 2.5 million requests for videos featuring the $10 gadget, making it the fifth most popular search this month. We’ve even covered them here at Geek during that time too!Most of those came from visitors aged 18 to 24—the most prolific porn-watching group, but perhaps not the prime fidget spinner market.“Women are proportionally 19 percent more likely to get fidgety with it” compared to men, according to Pornhub.It remains unclear what those millions of searches resulted in. But I’ll leave it up to you to find out whether fidget spinner porn exists (yet).Probably invented sometime in the 1990s, fidget spinners are finally getting their 15 minutes of fame.Often marketed for health benefits, the toy typically consists of two or three prongs and a bearing in the middle. Simply hold the center pad and give the spurs a spin.The low-tech, low-cost device may keep folks with ADHD, autism, or anxiety busy and focused, but some schools are banning the toy—some of which make noise or light up—claiming the spinners distract students.Brothers Matthew and Mark McLachlan, a.k.a. Antsy Labs, last year crowdfunded their own version of the phenomenon, with their Fidget Cube becoming the 10th highest-funded Kickstarter project.Come on, guys: Whatever happened to a good old-fashioned foam-rubber stress ball? Pornhub Maybe Wants To Buy TumblrPornhub Credits Government Shutdown For Traffic Increase Stay on targetlast_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 What to expect from episode 1

first_imgGame of ThronesGame of Thrones Official YoutubeGame of Thrones season 8 is officially only a couple of hours from its official premiere. Before the world will get hooked on to their TV screens to stream Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1, there are several things which we can expect from the very first episode.Jon Snow and Arya Stark’s meetingYou will be lying to yourself if you are not excited to see the most awaited reunion between Jon Snow and Arya Stark. The siblings parted ways in Game of Thrones season 1 episode 1 and have been through a lot. Over the years, Jon has been dead for a night and was later magically resurrected. Arya, on the other hand, has become this fearless assassin who can change faces at the drop of a hat. These two will definitely have a lot to talk about and we are sure that their first hug will bring tears to all of us.Jaime Lannister’s arrival in the WinterfellThe last we saw of Jaime Lannister was when he was on his way to the Winterfell. He was seen standing on the border of some town when he saw the snowfall for the first time. In his own world, he has now realized that Winter has arrived and now there is nothing one can do if they are left alone. He will be heading to the North and will be finally meeting all the Starks and Daenerys Targaryen. Jon Snow and Daenerys TargaryenTwitter/Official Game of Thrones pageJon Snow’s true parentsWell, we know who Jon really is! But the lead character is clueless about his mother and he has been fed lies about his father as well. When he will go and see Bran Stark and Samwell Tarly, these two will probably tell him who he truly is and how he is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. It would be interesting to see how Daenerys Targaryen will respond to all this as sitting on the Throne has been her dream from a very long time.Daenerys Targaryen and Sansa Stark’s face-offFrom the released trailer, we saw that Sansa gave a very cold look to Daenerys. As we know, Daenerys’ father was the one who ordered to kill Sansa’s grandfather and Sansa has not forgotten anything. Although, once she will understand that The Dragon Queen is their most trusted and most powerful ally, she might welcome her with open arms. Sansa Stark and Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones season 8Game of Thrones/FacebookThere are many other things we can expect from episode 1 like what is going on with Cersei Lannister and how Night King has finally arrived in the North? For more information, we all should watch Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 on April 15.last_img read more

Costa Ricas relationship with Nicaragua is complicated says Solís

first_imgReunión con el Senador Rubio. pic.twitter.com/1IoEk8GReG— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) June 12, 2014 Llegamos al Capitolio. pic.twitter.com/NnDIgUIsox— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) June 12, 2014 CNN’s del Rincón seemed to reference Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega when he asked Solís if he wanted to grant himself expanded powers, including abolishing term limits. Ortega’s political party passed a constitutional reform ending term limits in 2013 that allowed the former guerrilla to run for office for a third term.“Power is ephemeral,” Solís said. “A mature democracy, like Costa Rica’s, … has sufficient human capital to look for this change [in power] after this term. I’m a president who recognizes the limits of power as a desirable frontier for institutions.”“Costa Rica and Nicaragua are countries that have no cause for divorce,” Solís told del Rincón, despite several border disputes pending between the Central American neighbors in the International Court of Justice at The Hague.“We have a complicated relationship but we always need to administer it with wisdom and for the benefit of our peoples,” the president said. Facebook Comments President Luis Guillermo Solís ended his whirlwind foreign tour of the United States Friday after meeting with U.S. senators, representatives from the Organization of American States, members of the news media and potential investors. The president released a statement Friday saying that the Costa Rican delegation considered the trip a success.Solís appeared to make a victory lap from Palo Alto to New York to Washington, D.C., buoyed by news that Intel would open a new quality control testing facility in Costa Rica. The news stoked hopes of continued investment in Costa Rica from the microchip maker, which is likely the small country’s most important foreign investor.But the president touched on other items during his first trip to the U.S. after taking office on May 8, including some constitutional amendments he would like to see, and Tico-Nicaragua relations.In an interview with Fernando del Rincón of CNN en Español’s “Conclusiones” Thursday, the president said he would like to see an amendment that recognizes Costa Rica as a “pluricultural” and multilingual country. Solís, who traces his ancestry to Jamaica through a black grandmother, said that Costa Rica has long minimized its afro-descendent and indigenous peoples.The leader also said that he wanted to see amendments that guarantee access to potable drinking water and broadband Internet access. Solís did not specify a timeline for these reforms.One item that was not on his legislative wish list was legalization of illicit drugs. Solís reiterated that he does not support legalizing marijuana as Uruguay has or Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina suggested in years past.“Costa Rica, unlike Guatemala, cannot yet discuss the subject of drug legalization. We believe that this is something that does not agree with our country in a moment when we are openly combating drug trafficking,” the president said, in a similar response to the one he gave The Tico Times earlier in Washington, D.C.Recommended: Solís outlines plans for Costa Rica in first Washington appearance as presidentSolís, however, said he did not oppose more debate on the subject.“I do not contemplate a model [of drug legalization] like Uruguay,” the president told CNN.In an interview with Voice of America on Friday, Solís said he supported expanding relationships with China but added that his government was in a process of reevaluating contracts with the economic giant that were approved under the Chinchilla administration. Solís said some agreements were approved without sufficient transparency, including improvements to Route 32 between Limón and San José.Solís told VOA that he rejected the crackdown on Venezuelan opposition parties. The president came under fire as a candidate for what some saw as a weak response to the violence.“The problems of democracy can only be solved with more democracy as Thomas Jefferson said,” Solís said. “Affirmation of human rights regimes should be maintained and deepened throughout the hemisphere.”Besides meeting with the media and investors, Solís traveled to the U.S. Capitol Thursday for a meeting with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, including Republican Senator Marco Rubio from Florida:center_img Related posts:Regulatory hurdles, inexperience contribute to China-Costa Rica trade imbalance President Solís calls for more trade, not just handouts from China Costa Rica, China to explore creation of ‘special economic zones’ Costa Rica hopes Chinese tourists will think pura vida for their next vacation En este momento grabo entrevista con @fdelrincon para el programa #Conclusiones por @CNNEE que se transmitirá mañana. pic.twitter.com/XZNcNvnvfs— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) June 11, 2014last_img read more