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Ex-Minister Manju Verma granted bail by Patna HC

first_imgFormer Bihar Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma, arrested under the Arms Act in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home abuse case, was on Tuesday granted bail by the Patna High Court. Her husband Chandrashekhar Verma is currently lodged at Begusarai jail in the same case.After hearing arguments from both sides, a Single Judge Bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh granted regular bail to Manju Verma. She had surrendered before a local court in Begusarai in connection with an Arms Act case and was sent to jail on November 20, 2018. Illegal cartridgesThe CBI, which was investigating the Muzaffarpur shelter home abuse case involving 34 minor girls, had conducted raid at the ancestral house of Manju Verma and her husband Chandrashekhar Verma. As many as 50 illegal cartridges were recovered from the residence. They were later booked under the Arms Act at the Cheria Bariyarpur police station in Begusarai district.Phone call detailsAfter the phone call details of Chandrashekhar Verma established his links with shelter home case accused Brajesh Thakur, he had gone underground. Later, he had surrendered at a local Majhaul court and was sent to jail on October 29, 2018. No bail yet Chandrashekhar Verma is yet to get bail in the case. Manju Verma too was declared an “absconder” in the case and after she evaded arrest, her property was attached by the Begusarai police. Earlier, after as many as 17 phone call details of Chandrashekhar Verma with Brajesh Thakur were made public, Manju Verma was forced to resign as a Minister from the Nitish Kumar government. Later, she was suspended from the JD(U).While facing trial in the case, Manju Verma in December 2018 had alleged that she was being harassed for being a woman and belonging to the weaker ‘Kushwaha’ community.last_img read more

Science Nominees Are Home for the Holidays

first_imgOn Friday, the U.S. Congress made sure that France Córdova and several other scientists would be spending the holidays with family and friends rather than house-hunting in Washington, D.C.Córdova, a 65-year-old astrophysicist, was nominated on 31 July to be the next director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). But the process of having the U.S. Senate confirm a president’s choices to serve in his administration is broken. And even though Córdova and her colleagues aren’t the ones who have fueled the recent headline-grabbing congressional battles over presidential nominees, the fallout has slowed the process for everyone.In Córdova’s case, her nomination is so noncontroversial that the Senate panel responsible for vetting her, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP), didn’t even hold a hearing on her qualifications and plans to run the $7 billion agency. Still, it took the Democratic-led panel until last Wednesday—some 140 days after her name was announced—to give its approval. 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But she still sounded wistful. “The unexpected thing was that they didn’t go ahead with a floor vote.”In past years, “routine” nominations such as Córdova’s often have been bundled together and adopted by unanimous consent by the full Senate during a break from other business. But the political atmosphere surrounding nominations is so poisonous at the moment that Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), the majority leader, chose not to take that route.Cordova hasn’t been waiting nearly as long as Ken Kopocis, who has been in line to head the water office at the Environmental Protection Agency since June 2011. He was voted out by the relevant Senate panel in September, but his nomination has stalled.Several other nominees who took the penultimate step to their jobs well before Córdova are still awaiting confirmation. Frank Klotz, nominated 1 August to lead the National Nuclear Security Administration, was reported out in September by the Armed Services Committee. Elizabeth Robinson, chosen in July to be the first undersecretary for management at the Department of Energy (DOE), was reported out in October. On 12 November, the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee reported out the nominations of Jo Handelsman and Robert Simon to oversee science/education and energy/environment programs, respectively, at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, as well as Kathryn Sullivan to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). (Sullivan, who was nominated on 1 August, has been acting NOAA administrator for 10 months.) Rose Gottemoeller, nominated in May to be undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, was voted out by the foreign relations panel in October. (She’s already acting undersecretary.)Finally, two scientists chosen only last month for DOE science posts came before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee last week for their confirmation hearing. They are Marc Kastner, to lead the Office of Science, and Ellen Williams, to head the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. Kastner was nominated on 14 November, and Williams on 6 November.*Correction, 24 December, 10:30 a.m.: A previous version of this article stated that Elizabeth Robinson was nominated to be the first undersecretary of energy at the Department of Energy. She was nominated to be the first undersecretary for management.last_img read more

Barcelona relying on Pique for another top performance vs Manchester United

first_img“We got many, many crosses in against Barcelona last week, but Gerard and Lenglet defended really well,” Solskjaer said before his team trained at Camp Nou on Monday.Pique excels as a passer who can initiate Barca’s possession-based attack, and as a defender who is left alone against the opposition’s top striker.He retired from international football with Spain last year after 102 appearances, a World Cup title and a European Championship crown.Since then he has expanded his ventures as a businessman, launching a project to redesign tennis’ Davis Cup and leading the takeover of a small soccer club in Andorra.But he has also strengthened his role at Barcelona. He leads the club’s outfield players in minutes played this season and, in the Spanish league, Pique is setting the pace for his team in blocked shots, balls recovered from opponents, clearances, and winning one-on-one duels for balls in the air.He has also chipped in with four goals, making him the team’s fifth highest scorer.“(Pique) is as committed to the team as he ever has been, but at an incredibly high level,” said coach Ernesto Valverde last week.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “He has been a key part of our title runs and has played spectacularly for many seasons. We all hope, except for those at United, that he keeps this going.”Pique played for United from 2004-08 after coming up through Barcelona’s youth academy. He then returned to his boyhood club under Pep Guardiola.Pique was the young partner of Carles Puyol in the heart of Barcelona’s defense until he grew into the role of a team leader. He has won three Champions Leagues, seven Spanish leagues and six Copa del Rey titles at the club.After pairing up with Javier Mascherano for several years and then Samuel Umtiti last season, he has found an ideal sidekick in Clement Lenglet this campaign.United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer credited both center-backs with disarming his attack in the first leg.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Barcelona’s Gerard Pique waves to the fans after the Champions League quarterfinal, first leg, soccer match between Manchester United and FC Barcelona at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Barcelona won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jon Super)BARCELONA, Spain — When Barcelona hosts Manchester United on Tuesday, it will field three players who helped the Spanish team beat the English side in the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals.Lionel Messi will again lead the attack for the quarterfinal second leg at Camp Nou, Sergio Busquets patrols the midfield and Gerard Pique remains in defense.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img While Messi has maintained his unique brilliance by reaching the 40-goal mark for a 10th consecutive season, Pique has taken his game to new heights at the age of 32.The center-back anchored a defense that secured a 1-0 first-leg win last week after leaving United without a shot on goal in a Champions League game at Old Trafford for the first time since 2005.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, logisticsPique will help to protect that advantage on Tuesday while Messi and his fellow attackers aim to finish United off.“Gerard is always there, always plays well. He is a very experienced player for us. He is part of our backbone,” Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen said on Monday. MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Kenya’s Cherono wins men’s Boston Marathon in sprint to tape DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Giggs: Rashford can emulate Henry

first_imgManchester United Giggs sees Rashford ‘problem’ but tips him to emulate Arsenal legend Henry Last updated 2 years ago 15:08 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marcus Rashford Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Marcus Rashford Premier League The Red Devils legend feels the teenage forward will continue to struggle for central striker starts, but feels he can flourish in a wider role Marcus Rashford has a “problem” finding central striking starts for Manchester United and England but can flourish in a wider post, says Ryan Giggs.The 19-year-old burst onto the scene at Old Trafford in February 2016 operating down the middle under Louis van Gaal, as the Red Devils looked to their academy system for assistance during an injury crisis.Stoke 9/2 to get clean sheet at Man Utd Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina He has, however, since being forced to accept more of a support role, with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku favoured by Jose Mourinho in a No. 9 berth.Giggs does not see that being a problem for the youngster, with it possible that he can emulate Arsenal legend Thierry Henry by drifting in from the flanks before becoming an out-and-out striker in the future.The United legend told ITV on Rashford’s lack of central opportunities: “Yeah that could be a problem for him.“He’s not going to play centre-forward of United too often with Lukaku, Ibrahimovic as well. “For England with [Harry] Kane, he’s not going to play centre-forward.”Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, Man UtdGiggs added: “He can definitely play out wide, but eventually he’s going to be a No. 9.“I see similarities with Thierry Henry myself, he’s brilliant off the left. “Even if he’s playing centre-forward, he drifts off to the left where you can take players on either side. “But then, if he’s not played centre-forward a lot and all of a sudden Kane gets injured and you ask him to play up front, he can do it.”Rashford managed eight goals in 18 appearances during his debut campaign, before contributing 11 in 53 outings last season.He is up and running for the current campaign, with an important effort netted last time out against Leicester to help United preserve their faultless start and cement a standing at the top of the early Premier League standings.last_img read more

Win FIFA points by taking on Goal’s NxGn Squad Battle

first_imgFor the first time ever, FIFA fans can take on a team comprising of players who featured in this year’s Goal NxGn list.Featuring the likes of Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Vinicius Junior the NxGn 2019 team is available in FIFA 19 this week as the Featured Squad Battle in the FIFA Ultimate Team Squad Battle mode.As well as being able to pick up 1,800 Squad Battle points for beating the NxGn 2019 team, we’re giving players the chance to win a share of 23,000 FIFA points to be spent in-game. Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare All you need to do to stand a chance of winning one of five 4,600 FIFA Point cards is to send us the best goal you’ve scored against our team and the best five goals will be chosen by our panel. To enter, reply to the tweet for this competition or use the hashtag #NxGnSquadBattle and include a video of your goal in the tweet.Be sure to read the full terms and conditions below.TERMS AND CONDITIONS1. Competition and Promoter 1.1. The title of the competition is NxGn Featured Squad Battle (the “Competition”).  1.2. By entering this Competition and in consideration for the opportunity to win the Prize associated with the Competition, each entrant agrees to be bound by and observe these terms and conditions. Information on how to enter and Prize details form part of these terms and conditions. 1.3. The promoter of the Competition is Perform Media Channels Ltd of Hanover House, Plane Tree Crescent, Feltham, England, TW13 7BZ (the “Promoter”).2. Who may enter 2.1. Subject to paragraph 2.3, entry into the Competition is open solely to persons who are of the legal age of majority in their province or territory of residence at the date of entry. The Competition is void where prohibited or restricted by law in the province, state or territory of the person entering into it, and is subject to all applicable laws and regulations.2.2. Each eligible entrant may enter only one once.2.3. The officers, management and employees (and immediate family members of officers, management and employees) of the Promoter or its holding or subsidiary companies are not eligible to enter the Competition.2.4. The Competition shall not be deemed to be promoted by the Promoter in Brazil and the United Arab Emirates and residents of Brazil and the United Arab Emirates shall not be eligible to enter the Competition. Any entries received from residents of those countries will be invalid. 3. Competition Period The Competition commences at 00:00 (UK BST) on Monday 1 July 2019 and closes at 23:59 (UK BST) on Sunday 7 July 2019 (the “Competition Period”). 4. How to enter the Competition & how to win the Prize4.1 To enter the Competition, eligible entrants must accept these terms and conditions and complete the steps explained in the entry portal (i.e., in the Promoter’s Facebook or Twitter post detailing the same).4.2 All entries must be received by the Promoter during the Competition Period. Any entries received before or after the Competition Period are automatically disqualified.  4.3 All entries received by eligible entrants during the Competition Period will be reviewed by a panel of judges (which shall include an independent third party) (the “Panel”). Five entries submitted by eligible entrants will be chosen by the Panel within seven days of the closing period. who will be the (“Winners” or “Prize Winners”). 4.4 No purchase or other payment is necessary to enter the Competition.5. Notification of prize winner5.1. The Prize Winners will be notified by Twitter or Facebook (depending on the entry portal used by the entrant to enter the Competition) within 28 days of the competition entry period.5.2. The Prize Winners must accept the Prize by Twitter or Facebook confirmation and provide the Promoter with an email address on Twitter or Facebook within 7 days of the notification. The Promoter shall then send the Prize to the Prize Winner’s email address within 14 days days of confirmation.5.3 If no such Facebook or Twitter confirmation is received from the Prize Winner within [7 days] of the notification from the Promoter, the Panel may select a replacement Prize Winner.6. Prize details 6.1. The prize is 4,600 FIFA 19 Points (“the Prize”). 6.2. The Prize Winner agrees that the Released Parties (defined in paragraph 7.1 below) and their designees and assigns may use the Winner’s name, voice, city/province, state or territory of residence, photos, video or film clips, and/or other visual likeness for advertising and/or trade purposes and/or for any other purpose in any media or format now or hereafter known without further compensation (financial or otherwise), permission or notification.6.3 Before the Prize is awarded, the selected Winner may be required to correctly answer a skills-based maths question if required by law in the province, state or territory of the Winner, sign an agreement consenting to the use of their image, name, entry and/or voice in any media for an unlimited period of time without remuneration for the purpose of promoting this Competition (including any outcome) and/or promoting any products manufactured, distributed and/or supplied by the Promotor.7. Further Competition conditions7.1. None of the Promoter or its holding or subsidiary companies (the “Released Parties”) accept any responsibility for any variation in the value of the Prize. In the event that the Prize is not available, the Promoter reserves the right to substitute the Prize for a prize of equal or greater value, subject to written directions from relevant regulatory bodies. 7.2. The Prize is not transferable or exchangeable. The Prize is not redeemable or exchangeable for cash and can only be taken as offered.7.3. Each Prize Winner acknowledges that their Prize may be subject to additional terms and conditions imposed by third party suppliers which will be provided to each Prize Winner. By accepting their Prize, the Prize Winner will be deemed to have accepted any such additional terms and conditions in full. 7.4. The Released Parties do not accept responsibility and are not liable for any additional conditions imposed by a third party as referred to in paragraph 7.3 7.5. All eligible entrants agree to provide the Promoter or the Promoter’s authorised agent with identification and proof of eligibility in accordance with applicable law or regulation if selected as a Prize Winner. The required form of identification and proof of eligibility are at the discretion of the Promoter (acting reasonably). 8. Unclaimed prizes In the event of any Prize not being accepted or claimed by a Winner, that Prize will be deemed unclaimed and the Promoter reserves the right to ask the Panel to select a replacement Prize Winner to receive that unclaimed Prize.  9. Limitation of liability 9.1. To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Released Parties exclude all liability and will be held harmless from any losses, damages, actions, liability, injury or claims (including, without limitation (but subject to operation of law), personal injury, death to Winner or any third party or damage to personal or real property, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by any reason) incurred by any person in connection with the Competition or the promotion, receipt, acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any Prize and/or participation in this Competition. The Released Parties also expressly exclude any liability for any loss or damage which may be incurred by you as a result of your breach of these terms and conditions.9.2. Except as otherwise required by applicable law, the Released Parties accept no responsibility or liability for any entry or claim which for technical or other reasons is unsuccessful, ineligible, late or incomplete.9.3. Nothing in these terms and conditions excludes or limits the Promoter’s liability for: (i) death or personal injury arising from the Promoter’s negligence; (ii) fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; (iii) or any other liability which may not be excluded or limited by applicable law, and nothing in these terms and conditions limits, excludes or modifies any statutory right or guarantee provided by applicable law.10. Privacy By entering the Competition, the entrant understands and agrees that the Promoter and its agents may use and disclose the entrant’s personal information to assist in administering and managing the Competition and Prizes (where applicable) and communicating with the entrant in regard to special offers from the Promoter and its related entities. Entrants in the Competition acknowledge that the Promoter may share an entrant’s personal information with the Promoter’s foreign related entities which may contact the entrant with marketing messages and special offers. Without limiting the foregoing, the Promoter may disclose the Prize Winner’s personal information to third parties for the purpose of fulfilling the Prize. If an entrant elects to receive information from other third parties, the Promoter may also disclose the entrant’s personal information for that purpose. Entrants may find out more information about how the Promoter collects, uses and discloses personal information by reading the Promoter’s Privacy Policy, which is available at [https://www.goal.com/en-gb/legal/privacy-policy]. Entrants may access the personal information the Promoter holds about them by writing to the Promoter at the address set out below. If the Promoter limits or denies an entrant access to their personal information in certain circumstances, the Promoter will tell the entrant why access was limited or denied. The entrant can contact the Promoter by writing to the Promoter at the address(es) given in the privacy policy.11. General 11.1. Any decision of the Promoter and/or the Panel in respect of the Competition is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into. The Promoter reserves the right to withdraw, alter or suspend the Competition or these terms and conditions at any time if circumstances beyond its control make this unavoidable.11.2. The Prize(s) remain the property of the Promoter until delivered to the Prize Winner(s). 11.3. The Released Parties shall bear no liability if for any reason the Competition is not capable of running as planned, including due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, technical failures or any causes beyond the Promoter’s control which corrupt or affect the fairness or integrity or proper conduct of the Competition.  The Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, modify, terminate or suspend the Competition, subject to written directions from relevant regulatory bodies. 11.4. The Promoter reserves the right at any time and its sole discretion to: (i) verify the eligibility of any entrant and/or a Prize Winner  (including their age and place of residence); (ii) disqualify any entrant who conspires with others to gain an unfair advantage or who is otherwise involved in manipulating, interfering or tampering with the entry process or any other element of the Competition or who the Promoter reasonably believes to have acted in breach of these terms and conditions. 11.5. Each Prize Winner shall responsible for all applicable taxes. Each Prize has a monetary value of less than $50 USD.11.6. It is the entrant’s responsibility to inform the Promoter of any changes to their contact details, including their residential address, e-mail address or daytime telephone number. 11.7 This competition is not sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook, Inc., Twitter, Inc., or Electronic Arts, Inc. or any of their affiliates.11.8. This Competition, these terms and conditions, and any dispute arising out of or in connection with them, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England. Each entrant irrevocably agrees that the courts of England & Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to adjudicate any dispute or claim that arises out of or in relation to the Competition or these terms and conditions.last_img read more

Health Ministry Doubles Vector Control Programme Communuty Visits

first_img She was speaking at a press briefing at the Ministry’s head office in New Kingston on Wednesday (December 12). Story Highlights The Ministry of Health this year doubled the number of communities where its vector control programme was administered up to the end of September, to 1,000. The Ministry of Health this year doubled the number of communities where its vector control programme was administered up to the end of September, to 1,000.This, according to the Head of the Ministry’s Health Promotion and Protection Branch, Dr. Simone Spence, is up from an average of 500 between January and May.She was speaking at a press briefing at the Ministry’s head office in New Kingston on Wednesday (December 12).Dr. Spence said the Ministry was able to cover more communities by recruiting an additional 900 persons under its temporary worker programme, which enabled an increase in the number of visits conducted.This engagement, which was initiated in 2016, employs additional field personnel between July and December to administer the vector-control programme.Dr. Spence noted that the vector-control activities have been bearing fruit, citing Portland as an example, which she said recorded a 60 per cent reduction in the number of homes found with breeding sites for the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits vector-borne diseases such as dengue fever.She pointed out, however, that the Ministry’s teams continue to see inactivity in terms of the level of householder involvement in eliminating these breeding sites.“When we repeat visits [to] some homes in particular communities, we are still seeing that about 62 per cent of these homes have active breeding sites. Once this [householder] inactivity persists, then it creates the possibility of having vector-borne disease outbreaks,” she warned.Dr. Spence said based on the dynamics of the transmission of these arboviruses, the sole efforts of the Ministry and its partners cannot stem the possibility of an outbreak.“Householders, therefore, play a critical role in terms of addressing this issue,” she emphasised.Dr. Spence said the Ministry continues to work with partners such as the University of the West Indies, through the Mosquito Control and Research Unit, to identify innovative solutions to control this particular vector population.“One such activity is research into an early warning system for arboviruses, which is being investigated, a major component of which is viral isolation from these mosquitoes. So through these types of initiatives, we hope to be able to control the vector,” she said. This, according to the Head of the Ministry’s Health Promotion and Protection Branch, Dr. Simone Spence, is up from an average of 500 between January and May.last_img read more

RBI cuts interest rates to 9yr low expects banks to quickly lower

first_imgMumbai: In a move that may lead to lower home, auto and other loan EMIs, the RBI Thursday cut interest rates for the third time this year by 25 basis points to their lowest level in nine years and signalled more easing as it looked to support an economy growing at the slowest pace since the BJP first came to power in 2014. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut the repo rate to 5.75 per cent and reverse repo rate to 5.50 per cent and expected banks to transmit these to home, auto and other loan borrowers faster. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist With all the six members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voting unanimously for a rate cut and switching of its stance to “accommodative” from neutral, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said the shift in the stance meant that an increase in interest rates is “off the table.” He wanted banks to expedite the transmission of the current reduction in rates as well as similar ones that happened in February and April. In three back-to-back bi-monthly monetary policies, the RBI has lowered interest rates by 75 basis points (0.75 percentage point). Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France With India’s GDP growth slipping to a five-year low of 5.8 per cent in the January-March quarter – the first instance of growth falling below China’s in last few quarters, the RBI lowered its growth forecast for the economy to 7 per cent from the April view of 7.2 per cent for the 2019-20 April-March fiscal year. “Growth impulses have weakened significantly,” the RBI said in the monetary policy statement. The reduction in interest rate will help boost credit growth, helping arrest the slowdown in the economy ahead of the new Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presenting Modi-2.0 government’s first budget next month that is widely expected to announce measures to generate jobs and revive the economy. While inflation remained below its medium-term target to give “scope” to the MPC “to accommodate growth concerns by supporting efforts to boost aggregate demand”, the RBI marginally raised its retail inflation outlook for the first half of 2019-20 to a range of 3-3.1 per cent from 2.9-3 per cent that it had outlined in last monetary policy in April, due to a broad-based pickup in food prices. It, however, slightly trimmed its inflation outlook for the second half of the year to 3.4-3.7 per cent from its earlier projection of 3.5-3.8 per cent. “The headline inflation trajectory remains below the target mandated to the MPC even after taking into account the expected transmission of the past two policy rate cuts. Hence, there is scope for the MPC to accommodate growth concerns by supporting efforts to boost aggregate demand, and in particular, reinvigorate private investment activity, while remaining consistent with its flexible inflation targeting mandate,” the MPC said. RBI’s medium-term inflation target is 4 per cent. “A sharp slowdown in investment activity along with a continuing moderation in private consumption growth is a matter of concern,” it said. With the 0.25 percentage point cut Thursday, the repo rate, at which the central bank lends to the system, comes down to 5.75 per cent, as was widely expected. Earlier, the repo rate was at 5.75 per cent in July 2010. Consequently, the reverse repo rate under the LAF stands adjusted to 5.50 per cent, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate to 6.0 per cent. MPC noted that political stability, high capacity utilisation, buoyant stock markets, an uptick in business expectations in the second quarter and financial flows are positive from a growth perspective. It made its disappointment clear at the transmission of rate cuts, saying the weighted average lending rate has gone down by only 0.21 per cent, while the same for older loans has increased 0.04 per cent, as against policy rate cuts of 0.50 percentage point. The central bank also announced doing away with charges on fund transfers through RTGS and NEFT routes to boost digital transactions and asked banks to pass on the benefits to customers.last_img read more

DR Congo Ebola death toll exceeds 1600 mark

first_imgKinshasa: Deaths from an 11-month-old epidemic of Ebola in eastern DR Congo have crossed the 1,600 mark and a new fatality has been reported near the border with Uganda, the health ministry said on Friday. As of Thursday, the health authorities had recorded 2,382 cases of Ebola, of which 1,606 had been fatal, it said. A ministry spokesman told AFP that a patient whose infection had been reported on Monday in Ariwara, in Ituri province bordering Uganda, had died. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’The fatality is a mother from neighbouring North Kivu province whose five children had become infected with Ebola, two of whom had died. She had gone to Ituri in order to evade Ebola response teams, the ministry said. Ariwari lies in northern Ituri, about 10 kilometres (six miles) from Uganda and some 60 kms from South Sudan. “So far, 177 people who have been in contact with the family have been identified in Ariwara and 40 have already been vaccinated,” the ministry said.contacts The disease broke out in North Kivu before spreading to Ituri. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingTwo people also died in Uganda in June after a family returned from eastern Congo where they had buried an Ebola-stricken relative. The current epidemic is the worst on record after more than 11,300 were killed Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in an outbreak between 2014-2016. Ebola spreads among humans through close contact with the blood, body fluids, secretions or organs of an infected person, or objects contaminated by such fluids.last_img read more

India offers scholarships to Sri Lankans in Ayurveda Yoga

The scholarship also covers accommodation allowance and an annual grant. Besides, all ICCR scholars in India are provided full healthcare facilities. The High Commission of India Colombo today announced scholarships to Sri Lankan nationals under the Ayush Scholarship Scheme for UG/PG/PhD courses in Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy for the academic year 2019-20.The government of India selects meritorious Sri Lankan nationals for award of these scholarships in consultation with the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) if the Government of Sri Lanka. These scholarships cover full tuition fees and a monthly sustenance allowance for the entire duration of the course. Candidates interested in applying for these scholarships may download the application form from the website of Ministry of City Planning, water supply & Higher Education at www.mohe.gov.lk.The last date for submission of duly filled up application form at Ministry of City Planning, water supply & Higher Education is April 26, 2019. read more

UN welcomes International Criminal Court conviction of former DR Congo militia leader

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his top envoy for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today welcomed the verdict issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against a former Congolese militia leader for war crimes in relation to a 2003 attack in the country’s east.Hundreds of people were killed and many women were forced into sexual slavery as a result of the attack on Bogoro village in Ituri district. Germain Katanga, a senior commander from the group known as the Force de Résistance Patriotique en Ituri (FRPI), was convicted on four counts of war crimes and one count of crimes against humanity, namely murder, attacking a civilian population, destruction of property and pillaging.“This is an important verdict for the victims of these horrific crimes, for international justice, and for the fight against impunity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.“The Secretary-General reaffirms the strong commitment of the United Nations to support the independent work of the Court as the centrepiece of the international criminal justice system,” it added.The Court said in a statement that, in light of the witness testimonies and the evidence presented before the Chamber, “it had been established beyond reasonable doubt that Germain Katanga had made a significant contribution to the commission of the crimes by the Ngiti militia, which was acting with a common purpose, by assisting its members to plan the operation against Bogoro.”At the same time, the ICC’s Trial Chamber acquitted Mr. Katanga of the other charges that he was facing. In this regard, the Chamber found that there was evidence beyond reasonable doubt that the crimes of rape and sexual slavery were committed, and that there were children within the Ngiti militia and among the combatants who were in Bogoro on the day of the attack. “However, the Chamber concluded that the evidence presented in support of the accused’s guilt did not satisfy it beyond reasonable doubt of the accused’s responsibility for these crimes.”The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for DRC, Martin Kobler, said the conviction “was yet another warning to armed groups to immediately cease attacks against civilians and lay down their arms.” In a statement from the UN peacekeeping mission in DRC (MONUSCO), which he heads, Mr. Kobler also said that combatting impunity is fundamental to stabilizing the country and establishing a durable peace.Decisions on Mr. Katanga’s sentencing and victim reparations will be rendered later. The Prosecutor and the Defence may appeal the judgment within 30 days.Located in The Hague, in the Netherlands, the ICC is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern – namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. read more

TCI is first to give professional damage assessment training in country

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Jul 2015 – When the 25 participants in the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency training are done, the first responders should be better able to qualify and quantify the impact of any disaster. During the opening of a three day seminar being held at the Sands Resort, DDME Director Dr. Virginia Clerveaux said the sessions will not only help the country understand what happens, but what it costs. “There was a lot of emphasis on returning the country to a quick state of normalcy by clearing the roads, pumping water and allowing the country to the normal activities. But in recent times, we recognize that the need to have it documented, the cost of damage, the loss even if it is at a community level and then at a national level is critical to effective disaster management.” Joanne Persad, Programme Manager of Preparedness and Response for CDEMA who is joined by specialist, General Earl Arthurs shared that Turks and Caicos is the first to take this regional course and bring it to the national level. “We realize that we need to strengthen the process, we need to harmonize the process, we need to bring several partners who do damage assessment in different ways with different focus together in one single harmonized, streamlined approach to facilitate providing the needs of the impacted population, first and foremost, and to better quantify the damage and loss that has taken place so that it better informs your recovery process at the end of the day. The support that you will get from international partners and donors at the end of the day; so within that context, this particular training course is the first training course we will run at the national level.”The Planning Department has partnered with DDME on the three day Disaster and Risk Needs Assessment training which has drawn first responders from across the TCI. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Hard-working DDME lauded as Hurricane Preparedness Month officially opened Related Items:Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, DDME, Dr. Virginia Clerveaux, general earl arthurs, joanne persad, the Sands Resort TCI: More active Hurricane Season predicted and DDME gives thorough update on its readiness Recommended for you Turks and Caicos is first to add Disaster Management to the Tourism portfoliolast_img read more

LEGO Batman Movie stars discuss voicing pop culture icons

first_imgZach Galifianakis: “Joker’s trying to get to the bottom of what their relationship is for the last 75 years, and we thought that was kind of a fun thing that was fertile ground to work from.”Zach Galifianakis, who plays the Joker, says it’s a much softer character.Zach Galifianakis: “We wanted to kind of toy with the more sensitive side of a villain.”Will wasted no time getting down to bat business.Will Arnett (as Batman): “I’m home. I’m home. I’m home.”Like nailing that voice.Will Arnett: “Trying to find that balance of the dark, heavy, brooding voice that a lot of the Batmans had. Christian Bale had a very serious, heavy voice.” Gotham City residents: “Batman, we love you!”Will Arnett (as Batman): “Thank you. I’m blushing super hard under the mask.”“The LEGO Batman Movie” is now playing in theaters.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – The Batmobile is pulling into theaters this weekend, and the stars of “The LEGO Batman Movie” spoke to Deco all about the next phase of the Caped Crusader’s adventures.Will Arnett (as Batman): “I saved the city again. It was off the chain.”Batman is back on the big screen. Will Arnett is back as the Caped Crusader in “The LEGO Batman Movie.”Will Arnett: “Batman doesn’t have a superpower. He’s got his mind.”While Bruce Wayne has returned to save Gotham City, there are some changes this time around.Will Arnett (as Batman): “I like to fight around.”Like his different relationship with his nemesis — the Joker. center_img Christian Bale (as Batman): “I’m Batman.”Will Arnett: “Even starting with Keaton, they all had varying degrees of that.”Michael Keaton (as Batman): “I’m Batman.”Will Arnett: “We wanted to find the right balance of that, but also enough kind of potential that there was a little chink in the armor there. That he was maybe a little bit insecure underneath all that bravado.”As if playing Batman and the Joker aren’t enough for bragging rights, here’s what superpower Will and Zach really wish they had.Will Arnett: “I always think, ‘Man, imagine how cool it would be if you were smart.”Zach Galifianakis: “It would be cool to be smart.” last_img read more

FEMA Help Remains After Soldotna Disaster Recovery Center Closes

first_imgAfter a disaster recovery center closes, residents who applied for disaster assistance are encouraged to stay in touch with FEMA. If applicants change addresses or phone numbers they should update FEMA with the information. Missing or incorrect information could result in delays in receiving assistance. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough disaster recovery center in Soldotna closed its doors on Saturday but help is still a phone call away. Alaska residents who have not yet applied for assistance have until April 1 to do so. The Soldotna center closed but residents can still file an application, get updates about their application, or learn about the appeals process by calling the helpline or visiting the disaster assistance website. Here’s how:Call the helpline: 800-621-3362 (FEMA), voice/VP/711. Help is available in most languages. TTY users may call 800-462-7585. Hours are daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.Visit DisasterAssistance.govlast_img read more

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of June 24 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, below are the town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, June 24, 2018.Sunday, June 24No MeetingsMonday, June 25The Wilmington Community Development Technical Review Team meets at 9:30am in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. The stormwater management plan for 362 Middlesex Avenue (proposed detox facility) is on the agenda.The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. A 6pm Executive Session precedes the meeting. Read the agenda HERE.Tuesday, June 26The Wilmington Finance Committee meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.The Shawsheen Tech School Committee meets at 7:30pm in the School’s John P. Miller School Committee Room. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, June 27The Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, June 28The Wilmington Board of Assessors meets sat 11am in the Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.Friday, June 29No MeetingsSaturday, June 30No MeetingsAll meetings are open to the public unless noted.(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 9, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

AL trying to prove a new normal

first_imgAwami LeagueAlready scared of a potential political crisis ahead of the general elections, ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) has been further burdened with a series of crises such as floods, rising commodity prices and Rohingya influx.The AL leaders are still trying to show their discomfort or apprehensions as ‘new normal’ in their turbulent political history, especially after formation of the government in 2014 through a controversial ballot.New normal is an economic term used in the West to define ‘a period of time in which economies grow very slowly as opposed to growing like weeds’. It is now being used to show an abnormal situation as normal.In this context, the AL leaders said, they are keeping watch on what the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is going to do with its demand for polls-time neutral government for holding free and fair general elctions.”Conspiracies are always on. But no conspiracy will be successful due to the party unity and leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina. Still we’ll have to remain cautious,” AL presidium member Faruk Khan told Prothom Alo.The AL as party and also the govenment will maintain caution about the next anniversary of the 5 January polls, the fourth of its second victory though in questionable elections, party insiders said.Apart from the opposition’s protest demonstration against the one-sided 5 January 2014 elections, the AL had faced three-month road blockage programme enforced by the BNP in 2015, terrorist and militant attacks in late 2015 and major part of 2016 including Holey Artisan attack.Now, the AL leaders admitted that most of their plans eying the next national elections have been disrupted due to the recent crises.A senior AL leader, who wanted not to be named, said the BNP may take to the streets to win public support in favour of the election-time neutral government and the deployment of troops during the elections.The government has information that the opposition party had a plan to demonstrate on and around 5 January next year to create anti-government opinion.However. the AL is not sure whether the BNP will launch any violent demonstration or try to turn it into a popular movement.BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said, “I have no idea of any programme centring 5 January.”He, however, mentioned that the party will “announce programmes to win public opinion after presenting the framework of the election-time supportive government.”A section of AL leaders said the party policymakers have divided opinions over BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. Some suspect she might have developed any political game plan during her three-month stay in London.They are also divided on whether the graft cases filed against Khaleda Zia should be disposed of soon or slowly.The ruling party is even thinking whether the BNP will be allowed to continue normal political activities or not.The AL government did experiment allowing BNP leaders and activists to freely receive Khaleda Zia at the airport upon her return from London recently.The AL leaders now believe the BNP may launch a movement in favour of its demands of the election-time neutral government and the deployment of troops during the elections..AL presidium member and health minister Muhammad Nasim said, “It’s normal in politics that many challenges will arise. Neither of the challenges will be a big deal for the government.”* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print version, has been rewritten by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

KMC to organise workshop on vectorborne diseases

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will organise a workshop on vector-borne diseases at Rabindra Sadan on April 28, to create awareness among people from all walks of life, including doctors and paramedical staff.Mayor Sovan Chatterjee will inaugurate the workshop, while Chandrima Bhattacharya, minister of state for Health, will be the chief guest. Atin Ghosh, member, mayor-in-council (Health), all the councillors of KMC, senior officials of KMC Health department and representatives of various NGOs will also be present. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked all the civic bodies, Gram Panchayats and Zilla Parishads to take up the issue of vector-borne diseases and unknown fever seriously and clean the areas under their jurisdiction, round the year. In all the administrative review meetings which were held recently, Banerjee had repeatedly directed to take up drives against dengue “very seriously”. The state government has also given Rs 4 crore to KMC, to create awareness against vector-borne diseases. The workshop is a part of the awareness campaign. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAtin Ghosh said as the dengue carrying mosquitoes have changed their breeding pattern due to global warming, KMC is carrying out anti-larvae drives throughout the year. KMC officials are visiting the houses to inspect underground reservoirs and overhead tanks.In places where the covers of the reservoirs are found to be missing, the owners are being requested to replace them immediately. In January, KMC had held a march where people from all walks of life took part. People have also been asked to clean containers used to store water. A close interaction between KMC doctors and their counterparts in state-run hospitals and private nursing homes are required, as KMC is following the guidelines of World Health Organisation (WHO) to combat Dengue. There are 15 free Dengue detection centres run by KMC. He said cooperation of people from all walks of life is required for successful prevention of the outbreak of the disease.last_img read more

Olive Oil Market with Development Factors Investment Analysis By Top Players

first_imgOlive oil is the liquid fat derivative from olives, which is primarily used for cooking, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical applications. It consists mainly of oleic acid along with other fatty acids such as linoleic acid and palmitic acid.Download Sample Copy Of This Report @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/1993The nutritional value and taste associated with olive oil has raised its demand among the consumers. In addition, the health benefits associated with olive oil has also increased its market demand, which is expected to further increase in the coming years. Virgin olive oil has gained major traction owing to its chemical free processing techniques coupled with increased nutritional content. Furthermore, the growing acceptance of olive oil in culinary uses is likely to increase its market demand in food and beverage applications. Moreover, personal care products are blended with olive oil extracts which has gained market acceptance owing to the skin benefits associated with it. However, limited production of olives in some geographic footprint coupled with fluctuation in olive oil prices have hindered the market growth but increase in demand for olive oil for cooking is expected to create lucrative opportunities to the market.European countries such as Spain and Italy are the largest consumer of olive oil followed by North America. Furthermore, the emerging economies such as India, China, and Japan have witnessed a rapid increase in the demand for olive oil coupled with domestic production. Moreover, consistent government norms to propel the production in countries such as Brazil are anticipated to boost the olive oil market.Direct Purchase Report@ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/checkout/824343The report on the olive oil market is segmented based on type which includes virgin, pomace and refined olive oil. Based on application, the market is bifurcated into food, beverage, personal care, and pharmaceuticals. Geographically, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and LAMEATop market players in the olive oil market include Salov, Borges Mediterranean Group, Ybarra, Deoleo, Sovena Group, Figaro, Farrel, Del Monte Foods, Unilever Group, and Lenardo.Key Benefits for Stakeholders This report entails the detailed quantitative analysis of current market and estimations from 2014 to 2022 that assist in identifying the prevailing market opportunities to capitalize on the global olive oil market. In-depth coverage of the market including drivers, restraints, and opportunities helps professionals to better understand the market behavior. Detailed study of the strategies of key leaders, partnerships, and acquisitions in the market is provided. Porters Five Forces analysis examines the competitive structure of the market and assists strategists in better decision-making. Pinpoint analysis of geographical segments helps to identify opportunities for growth within the market.Request For report Customization@ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-for-customization/1993Olive Oil Market Key SegmentsBy TypeVirgin olive oilPomaceRefinedBy ApplicationFoodBeveragePersonal carePharmaceuticalsContact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesUSA/Canada (Toll Free):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1(855)550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

W Hotels to debut in Brisbane in 2018

first_imgStarwood Hotels has today announced an agreement with Shayer Leisure Holdings to build the W Hotels brand in Queensland.W Brisbane is part of a mixed-use development, it will be situated on George Street overlooking the Brisbane River.Starwood regional vice president Sean Hunt said that the building of the W Hotel Brisbane marks the re-entry into the Asia-Pacific market.Located on 300 George Street by the Brisbane River, the mixed-use development is a joint venture between Shayher Group and Pau Jar Group of Taiwan.The development will be comprised of three separate towers — W Brisbane will occupy one tower, while the other two towers will be used for premium office and commercial space and high-end residences. The development will also feature podium level retail outlets.There will be 305 stylish guestrooms, including 25 suites and an Extreme Wow Suite, a reinterpretation of the normal Presidential Suite.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

DREAMLINES expands to Australia

first_imgDREAMLINES, the global cruise portal headquartered in Hamburg, Germany has announced they have acquired leading Australian cruising websites cruisecentre.com.au and cruiseaway.com.au.The company have now gained significant market share in Australia and are offering travelers greater cruising options and specialist support.CruiseCentre.com.au and CruiseAway are recognised as being among the top portals in the Australian cruise market and have been operated by Cruise Marketing Group until today.The two websites will now be operated by DREAMLINES alongside its current brand, each of the new portals has a significant existing customer base which is maintained by an experienced cruise consultant team.DREAMLINES Australia Country Manager, Holger Numrich said DREAMLINES will manage the existing customer bases with cruise experts.“In Australia, cruisecentre.com.au and CruiseAway have a reputation for being cruise specialists, both have a valuable existing customer base and the consultants are experienced cruise experts,” Mr Numrich said.DREAMLINES chief executive officer Felix Schneider, is delighted the global cruise portal has expanded in Australia and can now offer Australians a greater variety of cruising options.“We are very excited about our successful entry into the Australian cruise market, the acquisition of cruisecentre.com.au and CruiseAway is an important step for DREAMLINES to achieve our goal of becoming the global market leader in selling cruises online,” Mr. Schneider said.Source = ETB News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more