Baramati student commits suicide

first_imgPune: A 25-year-old student studying for the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) examination reportedly hanged herself in Baramati, said the police.In her suicide note, Kirti Shere has blamed Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commando Ganesh Raut, and seven others for her death, alleging mental harassment and blackmail among other reasons. The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, the woman’s relatives said.In the three-page note, Shere said she had known the CRPF commando for one-and-a-half years, and alleged that he had lured her into a physical relationship. She accused the other people named in the note for blackmailing and threatening her for the last three years. “They used to harass me at tuition classes and the academy with the intention of coercing me into sexual relationship. They said they would tarnish my reputation … My loved ones are not aware of these events. I have been traumatised for the past several months … seek justice against those named in my letter,” the note says.An officer from the Baramati police station said, “The woman apparently never confided in her parents about these events. We have lodged an FIR against those named in the suicide note.”The police have lodged an FIR under Sections 306 (abetment of suicide) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code, acting on a complaint lodged by the woman’s father, Dattatrey Shere.last_img read more

CGF not to be blamed for Delhi CWG missed deadlines: Hooper

first_imgFile photo of CGF CEO Mike Hooper talking on the phone at the Games Village in New Delhi. PTI Photo Commonwealth Games Federation boss Mike Fennell might talk about sharing the blame for poor preparations of the Delhi mega-event but its CEO Mike Hooper says the CGF cannot be held responsible for the Organising Committee’s failure to meet deadlines.”I take responsibility for my areas of responsibility, and that has been working very hard with the organising committee to get things done. Now, at the end of the day, I’m not a construction engineer. I’m not a builder,” Hooper told ‘TVNZ’.Hooper said the developers of the venues did not hand them over to the OC on time and this has led to the current crisis.CLICK HERE FOR MOREHow showpiece turned shocker CWG: Army to bridge the gap Village filth that raised a global stinkFrom Village to Nehru stadium in 7 min flat”We’re at the hands and the mercy of, effectively, the government of India, the Delhi government, the agencies responsible for delivery of the venues. They consistently failed to meet deadlines,” he said.”Now, we were very active, very strong in pushing for this to be done. The actual venues were not handed over effectively – and I say handed over from the point of view of getting venue-completion certificates and occupancy certificates,” he added.Hooper said the organisers did not act despite repeated reminders by the CGF.”…the very frustrating thing is we have consistently spoken out loudly and clearly, consistent in our reporting: ‘Get these things done. Get these venues delivered. Focus on the operational delivery of the Games.’advertisement”And unfortunately, we are where we are. Now, we can all do these post-mortems later, Paul. The reality is right now we need to focus on getting as much as we can done. It is unfortunate that we had to go as public as we did yet again,” he added.On Saturday, Fennell had stated that the CGF shared the blame for Delhi’s under-preparedness.Malaysian sprinter Siti Zubaidah pulls out of CWGThe growing list of athletes pulling out of the Commonwealth Games got longer on Sunday with Malaysian sprinter Siti Zubaidah Adabi withdrawing from the crisis-hit event citing poor form.The 24-year-old Siti became the first Malaysian athlete to pull out of the October 3-14 mega-event after failing to clock a good timing in the Armed Force meet in Ipoh last weekend.Siti was supposed to compete under Category B in the Games after she failed to beat the qualifying mark of 11.40 seconds, which is the sixth placing mark of the 2006 Melbourne Games.She, however, was selected to compete in the Delhi Games under Category B for clocking a personal best of 11.81 in the 100m at the Asian Grand Prix in Pune, India in June.”She could not not clock a good time in the Armed Force meet because she had just recovered from a right heel injury,” National chief coach Harun Rasheed was quoted as saying in the ‘Star Online’.Considering her poor form, Siti, who finished a disappointing fourth in the women’s 100m final in the Armed Forces meet, was advised to skip the Games to focus on the Asian Games in November by coach Harun.”Siti is the member of the 4x100m relay team who have qualified on merit for the Asian Games,” said Harun.Disappointed to miss the Games, Siti said she would look to put up a good performance in the Asian Games.”I was looking forward to my debut in the Games but it was just unlucky that I injured my heel and could not train for few weeks.”Despite recovering from the injury, I failed to impress coach Harun in the Armed Forces meet and he advise me to skip the Games in New Delhi,” said Siti in Kuala Lumpur, adding that she would continue her training to make her debut in the Asian Games.I am satisfied and excited about CWG, says Suresh KalmadiUnder attack from all quarters but defiant nonetheless, Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Sunday said his enthusiasm for the event remains intact and he can’t wait for it to get started come October 3.”I am a satisfied man. I am excited about the Games and can’t wait for it to start rolling,” Kalmadi told PTI in New Delhi as he took a tour of the Village to oversee the last-minute work going on in the campus spread over 63.5 hectares.advertisementAsked about the negative publicity that the Village got after foreign delegates complained about lack of hygiene and cleanliness, he said, “My job is to deliver the Games. The construction of venues was not done by me. I only wish if they were handed over to us much earlier and then we could have finished the overlaying works by now.””Look at the training area and great swimming pool. It took years to get all things done but I am satisfied with the way things have come about.”Showing off the eight-lane 400-metre synthetic running track in the Village, Kalmadi said, “I have aimed to give the best facilities to the athletes. The Games will be a great affair.”Asked about the last minute cleaning process that is going on at the residential towers in the Village, he said, “it will be completed soon. As far as water logging in some areas is concerned, it was because of the rains. Now that the sun has come out, water has receded and the rest has been pumped out.”Heli-borne assualt teams will protect athletes during CWGHeli-borne assault teams and commando hit teams will give protection to athletes while participating in marathon, walkathon and cycling events of Commonwealth Games.Elaborate security measures and traffic arrangements have been made for the road events which will take place on four days — October 9, 10, 13 and 14 — in and around Parliament Street and Noida.”All buildings on the routes where these events take place have been secured and sanitised. The telephone boxes and electric boxes have also been sanitised,” a senior police official said in New Delhi.Besides Quick Reaction Teams, the official said, Commando hit teams and heli-borne assault teams will also give security to those athletes participating in the road events.Many of the routes were the events take place has already been barricaded, he said. Police vehicles have also started taking rounds of these routes to ensure that no “mischief” is done.The trial event for cycling was held last month which provided a helping hand to security agencies in fine-tuning its strategy, the official said.The walkathon is scheduled on October nine while the Marathon is on October 14, the final day of the mega sporting event. Both these events will be held in and around Parliament Street.The cycling event is scheduled on October 10 and 13 and will be held also be here and Noida, the official said.All these events will start at 6:30 am.Traffic on the routes will be restricted during the event, the official said.”No traffic will be allowed to use the route of road events from the night before. Cross traffic on this route will not be allowed from 5.00 am on the day of the event till its completion,” the official said.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Scorching summers are leading to increased infections in Delhi

first_imgThe blistering heat and the continuous spell of hot waves over the last few days has led to a spike in the number of cases of diarrhoea, gastroenteritis, typhoid, heat stroke and viral fever. The maximum temperature recorded on Saturday was 36.8 Celsius while the minimum was recorded at 23 Celsius.With temperatures hovering around 40 Celsius and expected to go up in the coming days, people are advised to stay indoors. According to the doctors, one should immediately seek medical help if high grade fever, dizziness and vomiting persist for more than two days.”In last five-six days, there is a rise of about 20-25 per cent in the cases of heat stroke, dehydration, upset stomach, typhoid. Those diagnosed with typhoid, viral fever and jaundice are advised admission for three days, rest are given medications,” said Dr Meenakshi Jain, senior consultant, internal medicine, Max hospital, Sector 19, Noida.Private as well as government hospitals have been swamped with the cases of viral infections, throat ache, diarrhoea and typhoid. City doctors advice residents to avoid eating food outside and maintain proper hygiene in order to avoid falling ill.”Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are big risks during the hot summer weather. One must move to a cooler place, stop all exertional activities like walking and drink cool water. Acute Enteritis resulting in diarrhoea is also common in this weather. Avoid eating outside food, drink butter milk, eat bananas and ensure you are well hydrated,” said Dr Jaswinder Singh Anand, senior consultant, department of Internal medicine, MedantaadvertisementAccording to Indian Meteorigical department (IMD), the coming days are going to be worst for the residents as the mercury level is expected to rise. The weatherman has predicted that the maximum temperature will reach to 41 Celsius on Monday.”There will be no relief from the humidity and the coming days are going to be more difficult for the residents,” said an official from MeT department.Even the residents are facing the heat. “It has become impossible to commute nowadays in this hot weather. I have been having body ache and fever from the last two days. Doctors have told me that it is due to heat exertion and have advised me to take proper rest,” said Anita Kumari, a resident of Lajpat nagar.People with prolonged illness should take extra care. “People with cardiovascular disease should take extra precautions during the summer months. People with weaker hearts may not be able to pump blood efficiently enough to keep the body cool and the blood pressure at a high enough level. Dehydration also results in thickening of the blood and enhances the proneness to clotting,” said Dr Simmi Manocha, Cardiologist, Asian Institute of Medical Sciences.Even the cases of kidney stones are being reported from the various hospitals.”There is sharp rise in patients with stones in general which is tied to diets high in refined sugars, salt and animal protein during summer. The primary reason for the summertime kidney blues is dehydration. As the mercury rises, we sweat more. Without proper hydration, the body’s fluids become more concentrated with dietary minerals, such as calcium. This increases the risk that the minerals will concentrate into stones,” said Dr Vineet Malhotra, Urologist, Apollo Spectra Hospitals.Experts add that having plenty of water will help to dilute the body liquids, as well as calcium oxalate, the substance that forms most types of kidney stones. “Making sure you are drinking enough water is one way you can help to prevent development of renal stones,” he added.last_img read more

Moto G Turbo Virat Kohli Edition launched in India for Rs 16,999

first_imgMotorola has launched the Virat Kohli Edition of the Moto G Turbo smartphone in India. No, it’s not all that different from the regular Moto Turbo. But then with Virat Kohli’s name attached to it, this is bound to appeal to those who believe the cricket is our religion and its superstars our demi-gods. The phone comes as a part of the Virat Fanbox for Rs 16,999. The phone will be available in the first week of May.The phone, which is a tribute to the flamboyant Indian cricketer, comes with a Virat emblem. The FanBox is also being called a first of its kind club membership concept, which has been launched by Singapore-based Cornerstone Sports Consultants and PrivyPlex.It comes with one year subscription of the Virat FanBox club, a FanBox app, the phone, and a miniature bat signed by the star Indian batsman. The Moto G Turbo was launched at the fag-end of 2015 for Rs 14,449 and now it has seen a minor price cut at Rs 12,499.”As a cricketer, I feel genuinely blessed with all the love and support I get from my fans. The Virat FanBox is my personal endeavour to get closer to my fans than ever before; to connect and chat with them online and meet them in real life. I am excited and looking forward to engaging and interacting with the Virat FanBox club members via the app,” said Virat Kohli at the launch of the app.The phone has a 5-inch HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor coupled with 2GB RAM. The phone has 16GB memory and has a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The phone also has water resistance and comes with a Turbo charger. The phone also has dual-SIMs and 4G capabilities.advertisementlast_img read more

Algeria winger Sofiane Feghouli signs for West Ham on a three-year deal

first_imgWinger Sofiane Feghouli has joined West Ham United on a free transfer from Spanish side Valencia on a three-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.The 26-year-old made over 200 appearances and scored 42 goals in his six seasons at Valencia since signing from French side Grenoble in 2010.Feghouli, who has been capped 40 times by Algeria, will join the London club on July 1.”I am very happy to sign for the Hammers and for (coach) Slaven Bilic,” Feghouli said on the club’s website (whufc.com).”The history of the Club is important for me in my decision. Playing in the Premier League is very important for players in their careers and I am happy to play for the Hammers.”last_img read more

Greek Soccer Faces World Ban

first_imgATHENS – Greece’s national soccer team will be barred from international competitions unless the government reinstates a tourney stopped because of violence.Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis met with a delegation from the international and European soccer-governing bodies, FIFA and UEFA, here but has refused to let the competition resume after a series of clashes during games, a common occurrence in Greek soccer.The last straw for the SYRIZA-led government was a wild brawl between riot police and fans during the PAOK vs. Olympiacos game that had to be stopped.Greece’s highest administrative court, the Council of State will meet next week and could overturn him but for now the standoff with FIFA and UEFA continues with the European championships approaching this summer in France.“There was no agreement, but we were told that the Federation is willing to withdraw its case from the Council of State. The government and the ministry are not afraid of the CoS decision,” said Kontonis, according to Kathimerini.The head of the international federations’ delegation, Cypriot Costakis Koutsokoumnis warned Greece could be excluded from international play but moved a deadline for Kontonis to give in from April 1 to April 8. The Council of State will meet April 5.“The Cup will have to restart by April 1. Apparently, this will not be implemented. We will report what happened to the executive body of FIFA and it will make its decisions,” Koutsokoumnis, also the head of the Cypriot federation, said after the meeting at the General Secretariat for Sports.“I hope a week is given for the minister to revise [his decision], otherwise the news will not be good. FIFA will see the Hellenic Football Federation out … If the Cup does not start and the federation is banned, then there will be no national team or clubs in international competitions, nor will Greek officials be able to participate in international institutions and meetings. Greece will also lose a team in the Europa League.”Ironically, the new General Secretary of UEFA, Theodoros Theodoridis, is Greek and siding with the organization and not his country.Koutsokoumnis suggested the Greek Cup play go on in empty stadia without fans and using international refugees. “In our view that would be enough to justify the lifting of the decision. The minister will discuss that, but he awaits to see [some progress] from the federation, too,” he said, the newspaper reported.Kontonis said if Greece is barred it will fall on FIFA and not SYRIZA.  “The FIFA decision will concern the exit of the federation, which has begun all this process. The problem can be resolved by the federation itself, it should take the initiatives for a rotten situation to come to an end. The government cannot impose its will on it. The problem is in its hands and if it wants it can resolve it in a very, very small period of time.” TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

France add to Germany’s woes as Antoine Griezmann leads comeback win

first_img 6 Gnabry (s 90′) Read more DEU FRA 11 Dembele Share on LinkedIn 6 Pogba 50 50 17 Ndombele 1 Lloris 13 Kante 3 Kimpembe Germany 5 Hummels Substitutes match reports 14 Matuidi Corners 21 Lucas Share on Facebook 9 Giroud (s 83′) Nations League 18 Kimmich 10 Mbappe-Lottin 7 Draxler 11 Can Possession 3 Hector 8 11 5 8 21 Rudy 8 Kroos 18 Payet Topics (s 88′) Fouls 16 Mandanda Goal attempts Miranda edges Brazil past Argentina while Belgium and Holland draw France 15 Nzonzicenter_img 2 Kehrer Germany 22 ter Stegen DEU50FRA50% 15 Sule Share on WhatsApp (s 90′) 4 Varane 5 France Off target 2 Germany 4 France On target 4 Germany 23 Areola Reuse this content 9 Werner Antoine Griezmann scored twice in the second half as France came from behind to beat Germany in the Nations League and increase the pressure on Joachim Löw.Germany looked to be producing the desired response to a 3-0 defeat by Holland on Saturday that left them in danger of relegation when Toni Kroos scored an early penalty. Match stats Share via Email Lineups France 23 Uth Substitutes 7 Griezmann 20 Tah 13 Muller 19 Sidibe 10 Brandt 8 Lemar (s 75′) 1 Neuer 5 Sakho Share on Messenger The world champions regrouped following the restart, with Griezmann equalising just after the hour with a looping header. The striker then kept his cool to convert a somewhat controversial penalty with 10 minutes left.It was a sixth defeat in the past 10 games for Löw’s team, who crashed out at the group stage of the World Cup and remain bottom of Nations League Group A1 with one point from three matches. France are four points clear of Holland and look set to progress as the group winners.There was an electric atmosphere in the Stade de France and Germany started well. They were awarded a penalty after 14 minutes when Leroy Sané’s attempted cutback was handled by Presnel Kimpembe and Kroos converted.Germany looked to add a second and Hugo Lloris had to be alert to save from Thilo Kehrer at a corner before France began to pick up after the half hour. The hosts carried their momentum into the second half and when Lucas Hernández whipped in a cross from the left, Griezmann headed back up over Manuel Neuer into the far corner. The comeback was completed when Mats Hummels was adjudged to have bundled over Blaise Matuidi, though the contact looked minimal. Griezmann made no mistake from the spot.France, and Griezmann in particular, again demonstrated the resilience and attacking ability that served them so well in Russia. 14 Schulz (s 86′) 2 Pavard Share on Twitter 12 Digne Share on Pinterest 12 Leno 19 Sane 4 Ginter 22 Zoumalast_img read more

The Macallan 50 Years Old Will Only Cost You $35,000

first_img Highland Park Releases 2 New Limited-Release Bottles Editors’ Recommendations The Macallan 50 Years OldShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:41Loaded: 24.12%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:41 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen The Macallan 50 Years Old Will Only Cost You $35,000 Close Every time you hear about a new, rare release from a beloved distillery, don’t you wish thatyou could just call up your accountant and tell him or her to transfer the money so you could buy it from your special whisky dealer? Yeah, us too, and that was the exact train of thought we had when The Macallan released details about their newest expression, The Macallan 50 Years Old.Coming in at a cool $35,000, this is yet another step the brand has taken in distinguishing themselves from other premium whisky lines. (We’ve previously covered the 1991 release and Edition No. 3, so make sure to read up on them too.)These exclusive releases, though, aren’t the only way that the brand has been making strides in the category. In the last year alone, The Macallan has been in the limelight for being the most expensive lot of whisky ever auctioned (six Lalique bottles aged between 50 and 65 years for $993,000 in April 2017) and the most expensive whisky cask ever sold (a full Sherry hogshead made in 1987 for $375,000 in October 2017).Since those prices are easily out of hand for most of us, let’s focus on something a little more attainable: The Macallan 50 Years Old, which is cheap compared to the lots mentioned above.The whisky was aged in a single European oak Sherry butt from Spain and the liquid is, as you might expect from a release with this much age behind it, complex. Amber in color, you’ll find wood and vanilla on the nose, which lead into lightly spiced blackcurrants mixed with a bit of earthiness. On the palate, sweet vanilla and oak start you off before taking you into fudge and toffee, then black pepper on the back end. A long, thick, and slightly dry finish (thanks to some slight peat flavors) close out the experience.“Coveted by whisky connoisseurs and collectors around the world, The Macallan 50 Years Old is an incredible addition to our expanding range of unique, mature whiskies and marks another pinnacle of The Macallan whisky makers’ art,” master distiller Nick Savage said in a statement.The catch with this — as with many older Scotch whisky releases — is the availability. Worldwide, only 200 bottles are available. Of those, a mere 17.5-percent (35 bottles) are making it to the U.S. shores. That means if you are one of the lucky ones who can do the whole accountant thing we talked about above, you better get on it.The Macallan 50 Years Old is bottled at 44 percent ABV and is packaged in an oak box that features an etched face inlaid with a matte gold badged age statement. All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection Dictador 2 Masters Takes Luxury Rum to a New Level Bruichladdich Distillery Unveils its New Octomore Scotch Whisky Serieslast_img read more

Province Offers Additional Energy Efficiency Rebates Promotes Solar Energy

first_imgHomeowners looking to save energy costs by making homes more energy efficient can now receive rebates from both the provincial and federal government. Under the federal government’s new ecoEnergy retrofit program, and the provincial government’s Nova Scotia EnerGuide for Houses program, homeowners can get a maximum of $6,500 in rebates. The maximum provincial rebate is $1,500. Based on previous energy-efficiency programs, the combined federal and provincial average grant is expected to be $1,600. Actual amounts depend on the type of work completed on the home. Energy-efficiency programs can cut about 30 per cent of energy costs permanently and remove about seven tonnes of greenhouse-gas emissions annually per household. Efficiency improvements pay for themselves through energy savings within two to five years, on average. “Helping Nova Scotians improve the energy performance of their homes is an initiative that makes economic and environmental sense,” said Bill Dooks, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia. “By working with the federal government, we expect even more Nova Scotians to take part in our programs, improve the comfort of their homes, and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.” The ecoEnergy program is based on a home-energy evaluation. Under the program, a certified energy evaluator measures the energy performance of the home and assigns it a rating. The homeowner has 18 months to complete energy efficient upgrades before a secondary energy evaluation. Rebates are applied to work that has been carried out. The cost to participate in the program is $450, however, the provincial government is subsidizing two-thirds of the home evaluation costs. Homeowners pay $150 plus tax to participate in the program. Some service providers may charge additional recovery fees for travel. The province will rebate the entire cost of the audit for low-income participants. To qualify, homeowners must have a net single income of less than $25,000 or a net family income of less than $40,000. Participants will also receive a $400 grant from Conserve Nova Scotia. Three organizations in Nova Scotia offer the evaluation service: The new ecoEnergy program identifies a specific federal rebate amount for each energy retrofit measure. The provincial government is matching select federal rebates through the Nova Scotia EnerGuide for Houses program. Matching rebates are available to homeowners for attic, exterior wall, basement and crawl-space insulation. Rebates for insulation range from $200 to $1,500. A provincial rebate of $150 is also available for air sealing. Homeowners who install ENERGY STAR qualified doors, windows, and skylights can get a matching provincial rebate of $30 per unit replaced. The province is offering a $250 rebate for indirect hot water heaters installed with a low water mass oil or gas boiler. Homeowners that install a domestic solar hot water system can get a provincial rebate of $500. A 10 per cent rebate for installing solar commercial and industrial hot water systems is unchanged. To help encourage more business to convert to solar hot water heating, the Department of Energy is providing $40,000 to the Ecology Action Centre’s Solar Gain Project. The investment in the Solar Gain Project means up to 500 new panels could be installed in Nova Scotia during the next two years. “Now is the time to take advantage of solar energy,” said Wayne Groszko, Solar Gain Project Co-ordinator. “Incentives are available, solar panels save fuel costs and reduce emissions, and they provide a green marketing edge for your business.” The Solar Gain Project will target laundromats, motels, hotels, apartment buildings and other major hot-water users. Information on the ecoEnergy program and the matching Nova Scotia EnerGuide for Houses rebates is available on www.conservens.ca or by calling 1-800-670-4636. Information on the Solar Gain Project is available at http://www.solargain.ca or by calling 902-442-0199. Sustainable Housing,(provincewide, including Halifax Regional Municipality) 1-877-722-2842 Clean Nova Scotia,(Halifax Regional Municipality) 1-800-665-5377 Atlantic Coastal Action Program,(Cape Breton Regional Municipality) 902-567-1628.last_img read more

Mushrooming of unauthorised colonies has resulted in destruction of Yamuna

first_imgNew Delhi: The mushrooming of unauthorised colonies in the national capital has resulted in destruction of the Yamuna river and environmental pollution, the National Green Tribunal said on Wednesday.The green panel said the growth of unauthorised colonies has been the bane of urban planning and has resulted in giving rise to a grave environmental situation. “This phenomenon is not confined to Delhi but is also happening in UP and Haryana.The experience of the last 20 years shows how the unchecked expansion of unauthorised colonies has led to haphazard proliferation of vast habitations of populations bereft of roads, drainage or sewerage,” a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe tribunal said apart from sewage all such households also carry out home-based activities many of which have been found to be hazardous and which exacerbate pollution in drains and river. “No amount of Sewage Treatment Plants and professional management inputs, repair of drains and interception of sewage will result in making the Yamuna cleaner unless the most major among the causes of pollution are confronted. In a city of 20 million if over 7 million inhabitants of unauthorised colonies live without sewerage it will affect the environment of all citizens,” the bench said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsPerusing the report filed by the monitoring committee comprising retired NGT expert member B S Sajwan and former Delhi chief secretary Shailaja Chandra, the bench noted that while the implementation of the Septage Management Regulations has to continue it will not address the basic problem. It noted that the Delhi Jal Board has reported that sewer network has been extended from 255 unauthorised colonies in 2015 to 384 in 2019 and that work is in progress to extend sewer network to another 432 unauthorised colonies covering a population of 21.60 lakh. “The monitoring committee has stated that while the coverage of sewer network has increased considerably during the last four years, it is a matter of concern that the individual household connectivity of sewer network is very low. “On DJB’s own admission, although entire East Delhi is sewered, only about 60 per cent households have taken sewer connections. In fact, there are colonies like West Jyoti Nagar Shahdara, which was notified as a sewered colony in 2015, for 1,446 active water connections, only 167 households (11.5 per cent) have taken the sewer connections,” the tribunal said.last_img read more

Quebec rights commission upholds black familys complaint against police

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec’s human rights commission is recommending a suburb south of Montreal pay four members of a black family $86,000 and implement anti-discrimination training for its police officers following an alleged incident of racial profiling.The family members had filed complaints against the city of Longueuil and two of its police officers, alleging they were mistreated during a police intervention in November 2013.Dominique Jacobs says police entered her home without permission and treated her and her former partner with disrespect after intercepting her 17-year-old son and 19-year-old stepson as they were walking away from a bus station in Brossard, on Montreal’s South Shore.The complaints filed by the family also claim the two officers used disproportionate force when they allegedly shoved, handcuffed and searched the teens during the intervention.The city of Longueuil did not immediately respond for a request for comment on the commission’s decision.The commission is now preparing to bring the case before the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal, a court body that has the power to order a defendant to pay compensation. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

CeeLo Green Launches GreenHouse Foundation

first_imgIn the words of Kermit the Frog, “It’s not easy being green.” But, Grammy Award Winning artist CeeLo Green and his sister Shedonna Alexander have together co-founded the GreenHouse Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to help make “green education” easier and accessible to students in underserved school districts.The GreenHouse Foundation will educate, inspire and influence children to become responsible stewards of their environment, communities and future.Officially launching on August 17th in Atlanta, GA, this sibling team will dedicate their first “teaching GreenHouse” in memory of their late mother Sheila J. Callaway Tyler. The dedication will take place on the campus of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, a “GreenHouse School Partner”, where CeeLo attended elementary school.The GreenHouse Foundation is an extension of CeeLo and Shedonna’s long family legacy of philanthropy. They grew up surrounded by great role models – their maternal grandmother Ruby Callaway Robinson and mother Sheila J. Callaway Tyler. Ruby started a nationally recognized non-profit organization “Comprehensive Auxiliary for Southwest Community on Alcohol and Drug Education” (CASCADE) that focused on drug-prevention and education in underprivileged communities. She initiated the nationwide “Just Say No” kids march in May 1986, which drew over five million participants and achieved broad and tremendous support, including recognition from former First Lady Nancy Reagan and Soliel Moon Fry aka “Punkie Brewster”. Their late mother Sheila followed in her mother’s footsteps, serving as one of the first female firefighters with the Atlanta Fire Department, plus years of other volunteer work throughout the community.The youth are our future leaders, so CeeLo and Shedonna recognize the importance of empowering children to love and protect the planet. As a result, the GreenHouse Foundation’s first initiative is the “Green Garden Education Program,” which will offer schools an opportunity to become “GreenHouse School Partners” and start making their green footprint. Through this program, the GreenHouse Foundation will build outdoor green gardens on campuses and introduce “green education” into their everyday curriculum, teaching children the importance of “being green”.“The Green Garden program will use outdoor gardening as an innovative tool to teach math and science. It will allow students to experience a new approach to “green education,” states co-founder Shedonna Alexander. “We are committed to the mission to empower children with the knowledge, attitude and desire to positively influence their futures, their communities and the long-term sustainability of their planet.”The University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension service for Atlanta’s Fulton County is playing a key role in the GreenHouse Foundation’s education and community outreach. UGA Cooperative Extension extends lifelong learning to the people of Georgia through unbiased, research-based education in agriculture, the environment, communities, youth and families. As part of the GreenHouse School Partnership and Green Garden Education Program, they are providing curriculum support through their agricultural and family sciences programs.“Through the Green Garden Education Program, the GreenHouse Foundation is supporting schools with the tools, curriculum, and resources necessary to create and maintain an outdoor ‘teaching garden’. With the garden as the primary focus, children will learn the fundamentals of gardening along with the health and environmental benefits of growing their own produce. Children will also learn how to start and manage their own school farmers market,” explains co-founder CeeLo Green. “The hands of our children will help feed those in need, like the homeless or elderly who live in ‘grocery deserts’ with no access to fresh produce.”In the future, the GreenHouse Foundation plans to launch other initiatives such as “The School Waste Diversion Initiative”, which will provide schools with waste receptacles to divert non-biodegradable waste from local landfills and create a local competition among the schools. Annually on Earth Day, they will start “The Clean Atlanta Green Day” to unify the city’s local businesses, schools and government officials to collectively clean up the City of Atlanta. Another key initiative will be the launch of “The GreenHouse Community Gardens Program”, which will take the concept of their on-campus “school gardens” to the next level by adopting land around Atlanta to develop organic community gardens maintained by volunteers. Additionally, the GreenHouse Foundation will also create a “Green Collar Career Development & Training Program” that will introduce and educate students on jobs that impact our environment. As the foundation grows larger, it will also offer students the opportunity to earn the “Green Career College Scholarship” based on academic performance. Teach Green, See Green, Live Green – GreenHouse Foundation.last_img read more

Fox bid for Sky referred to UKs competition regulator

first_imgLONDON – The British government has referred Twenty-First Century Fox’s bid for satellite broadcaster Sky to competition authorities on public interest grounds, a move that sets up a six-month investigation into Rupert Murdoch’s takeover plans.The Competition and Markets Authority said Wednesday it “will now examine how the deal would impact media plurality and broadcasting standards in the U.K.”The move was widely expected after Culture Secretary Karen Bradley told lawmakers last week she planned to refer the deal to regulators.With Murdoch already owning the Sun and The Times newspapers, there are concerns about too much power concentrated in one company.Murdoch’s media group wants to buy the 61 per cent of Sky it doesn’t already own. The takeover values Sky, which broadcasts Premier League soccer, at 18.5 billion pounds ($25 billion).last_img read more

Leaked Zafzafi Video Police Investigate with News Website Editorial Director Media

Rabat – The editorial director of news website Barlamane has been summoned on Wednesday for interrogation over the leaked video of Rifian activist Nasser Zafzaf, according to Arabic speaking news website Ahdath info.The interrogation is to be conducted by the National Brigade of Judicial Police (BNPJ) in Casablanca.Barlamane published on Monday the highly controversial video where Zafzafi is seen showing parts of his body to the camera, during what could have been a medical examination. The video was judged by Zafzafi’s lawyers and supporters of the protest movement in Rif as “degrading”.Zafzafi is currently under preventive detention in Ain Sebaa 1 prison in Casablanca.On Monday, the Crown Prosecutor in Casablanca ordered the opening of an investigation into the incident. The Penitentiary Administration released a statement denying Zafzafi was filmed in prison.Barlamane had been subject of another controversy earlier in July when it published excerpts of a leaked confidential report by the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) that confirmed allegations of detained Rif activists and protesters that they were tortured by police. read more

Serena Williams Says Shes Rooting For Sloane Stephens Despite

Serena Williams was blasted by Sloane Stephens’ in an ESPN The Magazine story, but said she still supports the young, up-and-coming potential tennis star.“I don’t really know. I don’t have many thoughts,” Williams told reporters in Spain after defeating Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-2, 7-5 in the second round of the Madrid Open, answering a question posed to her about Stephens. “I’m a big Sloane Stephens fan and always have been. I’ve always said that I think she can be the best in the world. I’ll always continue to think that and always be rooting for her.“So I really just always wish her—and anyone, really, especially from America—the best. We don’t have that many American players, so it’s always exciting to see so many young players doing so well.”Stephens told the magazine that Williams had stopped communicating with her after Stephens’ victory in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open in January.“She’s not said one word to me, not spoken to me, not said hi, not looked my way, not been in the same room with me since I played her in Australia,” Stephens says emphatically. “And that should tell everyone something, how she went from saying all these nice things about me to unfollowing me on Twitter.”Her mom tries to slow her down, but Sloane is insistent. “Like, seriously! People should know. They think she’s so friendly and she’s so this and she’s so that — no, that’s not reality! You don’t unfollow someone on Twitter, delete them off of BlackBerry Messenger. I mean, what for? Why?”She went on. “For the first 16 years of my life, she said one word to me and was never involved in my tennis whatsoever,” Stephens said. “I really don’t think it’s that big of a deal that she’s not involved now. If you mentor someone, that means you speak to them, that means you help them, that means you know about their life, that means you care about them. Are any of those things true at this moment? No, so therefore…”Stephens hardly was done. She recalled an encounter with the Williams sisters when she was a 12-year-old in Delray Beach, Fla., at a Fed Cup tie (ironically, the two were Fed Cup teammates two weeks ago in Delray Beach),.“I waited all day [for an autograph],” she explains. “They walked by three times and never signed our posters.”Stephens added of the poster: “I hung it up [in my room] for a while. I was, like, devastated because they didn’t sign it, whatever, and then after that I was over it. I found a new player to like (Kim Clijsters) because I didn’t like them anymore.” read more

Report BSO deputy suspended arrested for allegedly shoplifting 7 times

first_imgCORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested and suspended without pay after he was caught on surveillance cameras allegedly shoplifting from two Wal-Marts, according to the Sun-Sentinel.According to the report, records show BSO Deputy Dean Korenic, 46, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly shoplifting everyday household items on seven occasions from two Wal-Marts in Coral Springs.Korenic spent a night in jail after being arrested and was released after posting $3,500 bond on a felony charge of scheme to defraud/obtain property under $20,000, according to the Sun-Sentinel. The report said Korenic faces a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.Korenic, who makes $72,735, was originally suspended with pay when he was first advised of the investigation on June 6, according to the report.Records show Korenic was in uniform during one theft and drove away in a marked patrol car during three others, according to the report.According to the Sun-Sentinel report, the deputy allegedly took:Cool Water cologneJergens lotionpaper towelsdisposable razorsdetergentsyruptoothpastebar soapa canister of Maxwell House coffeea carton of eggsThe Wal-Marts Korenic allegedly shoplifted from were located off Coral Ridge Drive and Turtle Creek Drive. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

US News CEO to Take Chief Exec Job at New York Daily

first_imgHoliber joined U.S. News & World Report after serving as publisher at The Atlantic, which Zuckerman owned and sold in 1999 to David Bradley. He has overseen the former newsweekly—often considered a distant third behind former competitors Time and Newsweek—as it scaled back frequency to bi-weekly in 2009 and then again to go monthly shortly after. New York Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman notified staff late last week that the paper’s CEO, Marc Kramer, is leaving the company after more than four years to pursue other opportunities. Replacing him is Bill Holiber, who will continue to serve as president and CEO of Zuckerman-owned U.S. News & World Report.“During the next several weeks, Bill and Marc will work together to ensure a smooth transition,” Zuckerman wrote in a memo to staff.How Holiber plans to juggle his responsibilities as chief executive at both publications was not immediately clear. When contacted Friday by FOLIO:, Holiber deferred response to a New York Daily News representative who in turn declined to comment.last_img read more

In School Finance HISD Voters Could Get Second Chance On Recapture Vote

first_imgHouston voters may get a second chance on a major school finance payment, potentially avoiding an $18 billion loss in commercial property for the state’s largest school district.At their monthly meeting Thursday, trustees for the Houston Independent School Board will consider putting recapture back on the ballot.In the Texas school finance system, property-wealthy school districts have to share local revenue with the state, which then shares it with property-poor districts. It’s known as recapture, or Robin Hood, and has been a key part of the finance system since the 1990s. Lawmakers created it after the Texas Supreme Court declared the system unconstitutional and unfair for poor schools.In November, HISD voters rejected the traditional way to send a check to the state. Now HISD must pay with actual commercial property – almost $18 billion worth. In July, Education Commissioner Mike Morath is scheduled to detach that property and let another district, such as Alief or Aldine ISD, tax it instead. That’s known as detachment and will reduce HISD’s tax base.“The only way we can be in this negotiation period is if we do not go into detachment,” HISD Board President Wanda Adams said.“The homeowners are going to take the brunt of that, not the commercial properties, the homeowners. Right now it’s not a win-win for anyone, but right now at least we have them moving,” she added.That’s why HISD may give voters another shot at the issue in May.At the same time, HISD’s bill to the state has dropped by $55-60 million, according to state estimates. That’s more than a 30 percent drop from the original bill of $162 million.The Texas Education Agency changed how it calculates recapture payments. It will give wealthy school districts like Houston a break whenever those districts give homesteaders a break. HISD trustees recently lobbied for that credit in a recent trip to Austin.“I believe that that’s a victory for HISD because now everyone is talking about funding public education and they know that it needs to be fixed,” Adams said.Governor Greg Abbott talked about school finance in his recent state of the state address while some state senators are drafting a new way to pay for public schools. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Laura IsenseeThere was a strong campaign against Proposition 1 in HISD against sending tax dollars from the district to the state, under the so-called “Robin Hood” program. Because Proposition 1 failed, HISD faces losing commercial property to pay off its debt to the state. Listen center_img X 00:00 /01:13 Sharelast_img read more

Use Facebook just for posting likes to ward off depression

first_imgIf you are young and love Facebook, keep it to just “liking” and minimise your virtual circle of friends to cut the upcoming depression risk.According to researchers, the social networking site can have positive and negative effects on the levels of a common stress hormone in teenagers.The team found that having more than 300 Facebook friends increased teenagers’ levels of cortisol while those who only posted “likes” on their Facebook friends to encourage them actually decreased their cortisol levels.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“We were able to show that beyond 300 Facebook friends, adolescents showed higher cortisol levels. We can imagine that those who have 1,000 or 2,000 friends on Facebook may be subjected to even greater stress,” explained Professor Sonia Lupien from University of Montreal.“While other important external factors are also responsible, we estimated that the isolated effect of Facebook on cortisol was around eight percent,” Lupien noted. Lupien and her colleagues recruited 88 participants aged 12-17 years who were asked about their Facebook use, number of friends, self-promoting behaviour, and the supporting behaviour they displayed towards their friends.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAlong with these four measures, the team collected cortisol samples of the participating adolescents. Other studies have shown that high morning cortisol levels at 13 years increase the risk of suffering from depression at 16 years by 37 per cent. While none of the adolescents suffered from depression at the time of the study, Lupien could not conclude that they were free from an increased risk of developing it. “We did not observe depression in our participants. However, adolescents who present high stress hormone levels do not become depressed immediately; it can occur later on,” Lupien emphasised.  Some studies have shown that it may take 11 years before the onset of severe depression in children who consistently had high cortisol levelsThe study is one of the first in the emerging field of cyberpsychology to focus on the effects of Facebook on well-being. “Developmental analysis could also reveal whether virtual stress is indeed ‘getting over the screen and under the skin’ to modulate neurobiological processes related to adaptation,” the authors noted in a paper published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology.last_img read more

Syrian rebels capture countrys largest dam

first_img 0 Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health too Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project BEIRUT (AP) – Syrian rebels captured the country’s largest dam on Monday after days of intense clashes, giving them control over water and electricity supplies for much of the country in a major blow to President Bashar Assad’s regime.The rebels had already seized two other dams on the Euphrates River. But the latest conquest, the al-Furat dam in northeastern Raqqa province, was a major coup for the opposition. It handed them control over water and electricity supplies for both government-held areas and large swathes of land the opposition has captured over the past 22 months of fighting. Associated Press writers Chris Torchia in Istanbul and Ezgi Akin contributed in Ankara, Turkey contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The group was also believed to be behind two car bombings on Monday.One exploded near a border crossing with Turkey in Idlib province. Bulent Arinc, Turkey’s deputy prime minister, said 12 people were killed _ nine Syrians and three Turks. He said 28 people were wounded, nine of them Turks. The vehicle that exploded had a Syrian license plate, he added.Turkey’s NTV said most of the victims were Syrians who had been waiting to enter Turkey. It cited Huseyin Sanverdi, mayor of the nearby Turkish town of Reyhanli, as saying the explosion occurred in a “buffer zone,” an area straddling the frontier where travelers are processed while crossing between the two countries.Witnesses said it struck a spot where humanitarian aid is loaded onto Syrian vehicles.The border area between the two countries has been the scene of fierce fighting in the civil war. Tensions have also flared between the Syrian regime and Turkey in the past months after shells fired from Syria landed on the Turkish side.As a result, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States decided to send two batteries of Patriot air defense missiles each to protect Turkey, their NATO ally.In the second car bombing, the Observatory said members of Jabhat al-Nusra blew themselves up in two car bombs outside an intelligence office in the city of Shadadah in the northeastern province of Hasaka, killing at least 14 security agents. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Two separate car bombings in northern Syria killed a total of 26 people. Both were blamed on al-Qaida-linked militant group Jabhat al-Nusra.The rebels have had their biggest success in the civil war across Syria’s north including Idlib, Raqqa and Aleppo provinces, all bordering Turkey.Rami Abdul-Rahman, a Britain-based activist with the group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said rebels took control of al-Furat dam around midday after successfully pushing out a group of Assad loyalist from the control room. Most of the regime troops in the area had stopped fighting on Sunday following the fall of the nearby town of al-Thawra, Abdul-Rahman said.The rebel assault on the dam was led by al-Qaida-linked militant group Jabhat al-Nusra.The government did not confirm it has lost control of the dam.Earlier this month, the Observatory said rebels seized another smaller dam in Raqqa province, the Baath dam, named after Syria’s ruling party. In November, Syrian opposition fighters captured Tishrin hydroelectric dam near the town of Manbij in northern Aleppo province, which borders Raqqa.Members of al-Nusra, which the U.S. has branded a terrorist organization, have been among the most effective fighters in the battle to oust Assad. The group had led battles for the other two dams, and was also a decisive force in the opposition’s successful attacks on regime army bases outside major cities, including the capital, Damascus, and Aleppo in the north. The Observatory said Shadadah has been the scene of heavy clashes between troops and rebels.Diplomatic efforts to stop the carnage in Syria have failed, leaving the international community at a loss for ways to end the civil war.Assad presented a plan last month, offering a national dialogue. The opposition rejected it, saying no to talks unless the president relinquishes power.Former Prime Minister Riyad Hijab, one of the highest ranking officials to defect from Assad’s regime, met Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby and asked him to let the Syrian opposition take over the country’s seat in the pan-Arab organization.The Arab League has suspended Syria’s membership over its military crackdown against protesters calling for regime change.Hijab, speaking to reporters, did not say whether Elaraby has agreed to the request and there was no immediate comment by the Cairo-based League.Assad was quoted by state-run news agency SANA as saying Syria will not give up its principles “regardless of how strong the pressures and conspiracies” are against it.The report said Assad met in Damascus Monday with John Yazigi, the Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch.___ Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! 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