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Can’t provide security to all: Goa BJP leader on rape

first_imgFacing flak from the Opposition and activists over the increasing number of rape and assault cases in Goa, State BJP Mahila Morcha president Sulakshana Sawant said on Saturday the government cannot provide security to every individual.There has been fresh outrage on the issue of women’s safety following the gang rape of a 20-year-old woman by three tourists at Betalbatim beach on May 25, and a minor being molested by tourists in North Goa a few days later.Ms. Sawant, when asked at a press conference to comment on the issue, said, “If we go through the figures, the thing which is most significant is the mentality [of the criminal]. We need to change the mentality at the earliest. We cannot give protection to an individual. But an individual can act as a protector to any person in distress if he sees something wrong happening around. This does not happen often.”Ms. Sawant said more rape cases are being registered now because more women are coming forward to report such crimes as they know action will be taken against the criminals.She said that the women’s wing of the BJP would request the Tourism Department to install CCTV cameras on isolated beaches.last_img read more

5 Suspected ISIS Members Deported to India by UAE: Report

first_imgThe United Arab Emirates has deported five suspected Indian-origin operatives of the Islamic State group from Abu Dhabi. The central intelligence agencies are interrogating them, the Times of India reported.The five persons are between the age of 20 to 25 years and know each other, the reported added citing intelligence sources. One of the suspects is from Uttar Pradesh, and two each from Mumbai and Chennai.“The UAE intelligence agencies had intercepted their communication in which they were discussing their plans to recruit more and carry out Jehad against India. They were in touch with senior leaders of Islamic State,” an officer said, reported TOI.Another officer stated that this perhaps is the largest deportation of suspects of Islamic State group in a week’s time from a Gulf nation. “The five boys did Umrah (Islamic pilgrimage) at the age of 18 or 19 years and have strong religious beliefs,” the officer added, according to the report.An official said the suspects are being interrogated about their plans in India and about their other associates in the country. “It is not yet known which IS module in India they were part of but UAE authorities detained them for almost three months on the basis of strong evidence suggesting their association with the global terror outfit,” the officer was quoted as saying.In February, an Indian-origin woman named Fatima Patel and her partner Safydeen Aslam Del Vecchio were arrested and brought before court at Vryheid, South Africa, in connection with the disappearance of a British couple.  Patel and Del Vecchio are also facing terrorism charges for their alleged links with the Islamic State group.During his visit to UAE in February, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan regarding cooperation in the field of terrorism. “Recognizing that both India and the UAE are multicultural and pluralistic societies, the two leaders reiterated their common resolve in promoting the values of tolerance, peace, inclusiveness and in countering extremist ideologies,” a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs said.In July 2017, Shahjahan Velluva hailing from Kannur in Kerala, who had been deported twice from Turkey, was appended by the Special Cell of Delhi Police following U.S. intelligence agency CIA’s information that he is arriving in India. Velluva was arrested from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, PTI reported.The story has been modified and updated. Subsequent reports suggest that the main suspect suffered from a psychotic disorder and possibly fabricated his IS association in a mentally unbalanced state. Related ItemsAbu DhabiTerrorismUAElast_img read more

Skill-based trainings to restructure livelihood activities in Nagaland

first_imgWith 81 per cent of the workforce in eastern Nagaland engaged in the agricultural sector and only 18.9 per cent in secondary and tertiary sectors, as per 2011 Census, it is important to restructure livelihood activities for removing such “glaring” gaps, a government official said. Addressing the valedictory programme of a capacity building training programme here, the official said, according to 2011 Census, 52.7 per cent of the workforce in the state is engaged in agricultural sector and 47.3 per cent in secondary and tertiary sectors.“With such glaring critical gaps, it is important to restructure the livelihood activities with various skill-based trainings and ensure that the unemployed youth get gainful employment,” he said. The training, conducted by the Department of Underdeveloped Areas (DUDA) in the last two months, ended on Thursday. Speaking at the programme, Advisor for DUDA, N Bonkhao Konyak said, “unemployment is not only an area of concern in Nagaland but it is also a challenging issue in the country.” The capacity building training was organised with an aim of inculcating entrepreneurial skills among the youth of underprivileged sections of society. With the state government reaching its saturation point in the employment sector, the only window of opportunity was to boost entrepreneurial activities and streamline the job roles according to the training one has received through capacity building programmes, he said. The DUDA in partnership with the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) has set up four computer centres in Tuensang, Mon, Longleng and Kiphire district headquarters, he said. Congratulating the trainees, Mr. Konyak encouraged them to go back to their areas, open small units, and start earning, with the certificate, tools and equipment along with the seed money provided by the department. He also said that the department would be closely monitoring their activities to ensure that the training programme had contributed towards improving the socio-economic condition of eastern Nagaland. Thirty male participants underwent hands-on training on repair and maintenance of power supply, inverter and UPS, while culinary skills were imparted to 24 girls.last_img read more

Indian athletes lose doping case, get two-year ban

first_imgThe six Indian women athletes, who were caught for steroid doping last year, lost their case in the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland as it upheld the IAAF’s appeal to impose two-year ban on them.A NADA panel had handed a lenient one-year ban on the six quartermilers, including Asian Games double gold medallist Ashwini Akkunji, on the ground that they did not know that the food supplement they have been provided by their coach contain prohibited substance.But the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) filed an appeal to the CAS against the NADA panel decision, stating that the athletes should not be given any lenient treatment and they should be banned for two years provided under the rules.The CAS on Tuesday decided the case in favour of the IAAF and the athletes will serve a two year ban.”The IAAF’s appeal has been upheld by CAS and the six Indian athletes have lost their case. The operative part is not known and it will come later,” an Athletics Federation of India source said.Besides Akkunji, the other five are 4X400m relay quartet members Sini Jose and Mandeep Kaur and three other quartermilers Priyanka Panwar, Juana Murmu and Tiana Mary Thomas. The period of their one-year ban by the NADA panel ended last month.The relay quartet of Akkunji, Mandeep, Sini and Manjeet Kaur won gold in the 2010 Commonwealth Games here and the Asian Games in China a month later. Akkunji became the toast of the country after she also won the 400m hurdles in the Asian Games also, only to be caught for doping later.advertisementManjeet ended her career after she allegedly refused to give samples to NADA officials in Patiala.last_img read more

CINI organises Right To Play program in Kolkata

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You can buy these bikes under Rs 1 lakh

first_imgThe two-wheeler segment in India has seen a massive growth in the past few years especially up to the 250cc segment. The 2016-2017 financial year saw a major change in the buying pattern. Consumers are now also looking at various scooters available market rather than motorcycles in India. The scooter segment has been topping the sales figures of the two-wheeler segment in India, with Honda Activa on top and dethroning Hero Splendor.Majority of the sales seen in the past few years have been of scooters and motorcycles in the under Rs 1 lakh range. While market analysts say that the demand for two-wheelers is growing year-by-year, majorly in the rural area of India, we bring a list of two-wheelers that are worth buying in this price sensitive market.Honda Navi (Rs 41,500)Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) had launched the 110 cc bike NAVI at the Auto Expo last year. The Navi feels very flickable to ride and on traffic infested streets it is damn good fun. Thanks to the 110cc engine, the Navi has the ability to dart through traffic and coupled to the small turning radius it can also snake past traffic.Honda NaviThe bike is powered by a 109.2cc, air cooled engine that churns out peak power at 7.83 bhp @ 7000 rpm and peak torque at 8.96 Nm @ 5500 rpm. It has an automatic transmission.TVS Victor (Rs 51,715- Rs 53,715)In April 2016, TVS Motor Company launched an all-new version of its executive segment bike TVS Victor. The newly launched TVS Victor features many design changes with the motorcycle picking up design cues from the TVS Apache RTR 180 and Star City motorcycles. The tachometer on the Victor has been directly lifted from the previous flagship motorcycle of the RTR line-up, the Apache RTR 180.advertisementTVS VictorThe Victor is powered by a 110cc Ecothrust engine, which delivers 9.6 PS  of power and 9.4 Nm. The Victor is capable of delivering a fuel economy of 76kmpl.Bajaj Discover 125 (Rs 50,559- Rs 52,559)Bajaj had launched the Discover 125 way back in 2014 and has been a major selling product for the Indian bike manufacturers. In total, three variants were launched, among which two have standard fairing and one comes with semi fairing. Discover 150S is available in drum and disc variants (standard fairing). Though it was meant to be a bike majorly suited to the commuter segment, 150cc will give customers the option to travel with greater power. Earlier it was available in 125 and 100cc variants.Bajaj Discover 125The Discover 125 comes with a 144.8cc, DTS-i motor that churns out maximum power of 13.8 bhp and peak torque of 12.75 Nm, mated to a five-speed MT. It has a top speed of 110 kmph.Bajaj V15 (Rs 62,002)Bajaj had unveiled the Bajaj V15 in December 2015, while the launch and sales for the motorcycle started in March. The Bajaj V15 comes with a large fuel tank which contains the metal of the invincible INS Vikrant. The double cradle design offers outstanding rigidity and strength and the ergonomics enable the rider to ride the bike with a proud stance. Bajaj V comes with a stylised removable rear seat cowl, which can be instantly detached to seat the pillion. The new speedometer cluster with a dual color LED fuel level indicator and an elegant LED tail lamp enhances the solid character of the bike.Bajaj V15The Bajaj V comes powered with a 149.5cc, single cylinder, four- stroke, SOHC 2 valve, Air cooled, DTS-i engine churning out maximum power output of 12bhp @7500 rpm and maximum torque of 13NM @5500rpm.Aprilia SR 150 (Rs 68,806- Rs 70,288)Italian two-wheeler maker Piaggio, manufacturer of Vespa scooters, launched the 150cc-Aprilia SR 150 crossover bike last year in August. Since then, Aprilia has also added the Sport edition of the SR 150 with added power.Aprilia SR 150The Aprilia SR 150 will be characterized by large 14″ wheels with five spokes that are similar to the Aprilia racing bikes which are seen on the Moto GP championship circuits. It will have a single cylinder 150cc, 4-stroke engine.Aprilia SR 150 Race EditionWhile the SR 150 Race Edition comes with the 154.8 cc, 3-valve, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine producing peak power at 10.4 bhp and peak torque of 11.4 Nm, mated to a CVT transmission. Slightly revised CVT ratios mean the Aprilia SR150 Race Edition is slightly quicker, which will also affect fuel efficiency marginally.Bajaj Pulsar 150 (Rs 71,585)Bajaj Auto had updated their entire Pulsar range this year with the new BS-IV engine and along with the AHO function. This includes the 2017 Pulsar 150 which now comes with the same 149cc, DTS-I air-cooled, single-cylinder engine that churns out maximum power output of 15.06PS and maximum torque of 12.5Nm.advertisementBajaj Pulsar 150Moreover, the updated Pulsar 150 new color scheme and body graphics to give a younger look. it also gets tubeless tyres as a standard option.Hero Xtreme Sports (Rs 72,625- Rs 75,725)The Xtreme Sports comes loaded with features such as the front cowl with aerodynamic visor, new wolf-eye headlamp with Twin LED Pilot Lamps gives the bike a stylish look. The split step-up seat gives comfort while the exhaust with the muffler cover enhances heat shielding, while there is the LED tail lamp with split grab rail at the rear end of the bike.Hero Xtreme SportsThe new Xtreme Sports is powered by a 149.2cc air-cooled, 4-stroke single cylinder engine, producing a maximum power output of 15.6 BHP @8500 rpm and maximum torque of 13.5 Nm @ 7000 rpm and reaches from 0-60 km/h in 4.7seconds. The bike is available in five body colors – Panther Black, Fiery Red, Mercuric Silver and the new Black-Red and Pyro Orange colors.Suzuki Gixxer (Rs 77,452- Rs 80,528)Suzuki Motorcycle launched the popular Gixxer with BS-IV and AHO in new graphics this year. The Gixxer variants get new sporty graphics and the Gixxer logo across the tank. The new bikes also come with clear lens LED tail lamps which enhance user experience and appeal.Suzuki GixxerThe Gixxer is powered by a 155cc, single cylinder, air cooled engine with a five-speed gearbox.Honda CB Hornet 160R (Rs 80,603- Rs 86,084) Honda Motorcycle and Scooter launched the CB Hornet 160R, India’s first bike meeting BS-IV emission standards, at Rs 79,900 (ex-showroom New Delhi). The 160-cc Honda CB Hornet 160R comes in two variants — Single Disc and Dual Disc with CBS.Honda CB Hornet 160RThe CB Hornet 160R comes with the same powertrain as the Honda Unicorn 160cc bike- TypeAir cooled, 4-stroke, SI engine producing a total power output of 13.14bhp and a total torque of 12.84Nm.Bajaj Pulsar NS200 (Rs 96,453)With increased production capacity and on the back of strong and consistent customer demand, Bajaj re-introduced the Pulsar NS200 in India. The 2017 edition of the Pulsar NS200 comes with a liquid cooled, four valve, triple spark engine that complies with BS IV norms. Mated with its class leading perimeter frame, the Pulsar NS200 delivers outstanding flexibility and free revving performance that has garnered it a massive fan following among young motorcycle enthusiasts.Bajaj Pulsar NS200The reworked Pulsar NS200 comes in all new colors & graphics and a belly-pan for the ultimate street-fighter look. The 2017 Pulsar NS200 will be available in three new young color schemes: Graphite Black, Mirage White & Wild Red.TVS Apache RTR 200 4V (Rs 92,615- Rs 97,615)Winner of the Indian Motorcycle of the Year (IMOTY) 2016, the Apache RTR 200 4V is TVS’s most preferred product in the 200cc segment. The latest RTR 200 4V also complies with the BS-IV norms. TVS made some changes to the engine and the appearance of the motorcycle has been left untouched. The Apache RTR 200 4V looks like a street fighter with an incredibly stylish front giving it an aggressive stance. It also gets split seats, clip-on handle bar and LED tail lights, which all add to the looks of the motorcycle.advertisementTVS Apache RTR 200 4VThe RTR 200 4V is powered by a single-cylinder, 197.75cc air and oil cooled engine capable of producing 20.23 bhp of power. The engine has been derived from the Apache RTR 180 by increasing the bore size. It is mated to a five-speed transmission. The motorcycle is capable of going from 0-60kmph in just 3.9 seconds.(All prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi).last_img read more

India aim to ride momentum in ODI series decider vs New Zealand

first_imgIndia would aim to play with the same grit and gumption they displayed in the second match in Pune when they square off against New Zealand in the ODI series-decider on Sunday. Faced with tremendous pressure after a long time following their loss in the first ODI of the three-match series, the Indian players showed a lot of character as they put up a near flawless performance in the second game to level the series 1-1.Captain Virat Kohli and his team thrive on challenges and they will back themselves to win their seventh ODI series in a row, when they take the field at the Green Park Stadium, which will be hosting its first ever 50-over game under lights.”We look forward to challenges. We spoke about bouncing back, and we have bounced back here (in Pune). We would look to play a similar sort of game in Kanpur as well,” said Kohli after the six-wicket win over the Kiwis in the second ODI.Can there be a better team activity than playing different games on an off day? #TeamIndia #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/RtnnUvo50y- BCCI (@BCCI) October 27, 2017Both teams arrived here on Thursday, giving themselves enough time to get used to the cooler conditions in the northern part of India.The Indian team executed its plans perfectly in Pune, especially on the bowling front with in-form pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah doing the job early on as well as in the death overs.The spinners bounced back well after an off-day in Mumbai. Yuzvendra Chahal, who failed to pick up a wicket in the first game, struck twice while Axar Patel, replacing chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, found the stumps of the in-form Tom Latham. Part-timer Kedar Jadhav bowled eight overs, conceding just 31 runs.advertisementKohli may not want to tinker with a winning combination, therefore, it remains to be seen whether Yadav gets a chance to play in front of his home crowd on Sunday.On the batting front, a big positive for India in Pune was Dinesh Karthik delivering at No.4 with an unbeaten 64. The team management has tried as many as 11 players at the number four spot since the 2015 World Cup and Karthik certainly did enough to stake his claim in that position going forward.I will sacrifice whatever is necessary to be the best.?? #TeamIndia #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/HZGwdNclGg- BCCI (@BCCI) October 27, 2017He had batted at number five in the series opener but he himself said that four is his preferred spot.Shikhar Dhawan getting a fifty plus score after six innings was also good news for India. The stylish southpaw struck the ball beautifully and would be hoping to give his team another good start in the must-win game on Sunday.However, his opening partner Rohit Sharma is due for a big score after making 7 and 20 in the earlier games. Just like the home team, the Black Caps would look to get back to winning ways as they remain within touching distance of winning a rare series in India.For starters, they would have to put up a much better batting effort than what they managed in the previous game. Ross Taylor and Latham had bailed them out in Mumbai with a match-winning 200-run stand after New Zealand had lost their top three for 80 runs.The top three did not do much either in Pune but with Taylor and Latham also not firing on that occasion, they ended up with a below par 230.There can’t be a better time for captain Kane Willamson to lead from the front after a couple of failures.With the batting letting the team down, the potent bowling line-up comprising Trent Boult and Tim Southee did not have enough runs to defend.Three hundred has not been crossed in the series so far but that could well be the case here on Sunday. South Africa had posted 303 in the last ODI, played at Green Park two years ago and India fell short by five runs.India also lost the T20 International played against England here in January this year.Squads:India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, George Worker and Ish Sodhi.advertisementlast_img read more

Vijay Hazare Trophy: Punjab ease past UP, Maharashtra beat Haryana

first_imgVijay Hazare Trophy: Punjab ease past UP, Maharashtra beat HaryanaVijay Hazare Trophy: Gurkeerat Singh and Karan Kalia helped Punjab to defeat Uttar Pradesh by 63 runs in a Group B match, while in an another low-scoring Group B match, Maharashtra defeated Haryana by five wickets.advertisement Next Press Trust of India VadodaraOctober 12, 2019UPDATED: October 12, 2019 23:38 IST Gurkeerat Singh (File Photo: IANS)Punjab rode on all-round performances from skipper Gurkeerat Singh and Karan Kalia to beat Uttar Pradesh by 63 runs in a Group B match of the Vijay Hazare national one-day tournament here on Saturday.Sent into bat, Punjab suffered a top-order collapse as they lost half of their side for 59 before Gurkeerat (66 off 83 balls) and Karan Kalia (47) shared a 108-run stand for the sixth wicket to help the side teach 204 all out.For Uttar Pradesh, pacer Ankit Rajpoot (4/36) and Saurabh Kumar (3/33) shared seven wickets between them.Defending the modest total, spin duo of Kalia (4/22) and Mayank Markande (3/43) caused bulk of the damage to bundle out Uttar Pradesh for 141 in 38.4 overs.Gurkeerat (2/33) too chipped in with two wickets.Wicketkeeper Upendra Yadav (46) top-scored for Uttar Pradesh.Meanwhile in an another low-scoring Group B match, Maharashtra defeated Haryana by five wickets.Electing to field, Maharashtra first bowled out Haryana for 135 in 39.5 overs and then chased down the target in 35.1 overs for the loss of five wickets.Brief Scores:Punjab: 204 all out in 50 overs (Gurkeerat Singh 66, Karan Kalia 47;A Rajpoot 4/36)UP: 141 all out in 38.4 overs (Upendra Yadav 46;Kalia 4/22, Mayank Markande 3/43).Also Read | Vijay Hazare Trophy: Sanju Samson sets international record with maiden double hundredAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumarlast_img read more

Fugro Takes on EIA in for Aberdeen Harbour Expansion

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Fugro, April 4, 2014; Image: Aberdeen Port Print  Close My location zoom Fugro EMU, with support from the Waterman Group, has been appointed to undertake a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and prepare an Environmental Statement (ES) in relation to the expansion of Aberdeen Harbour.This potential expansion will involve the construction of a new facility in Nigg Bay to the south of the existing harbour.Fugro EMU is providing overall project management and coordination of the EIA and ES with the support of the Waterman Group, who are managing and co-ordinating the terrestrial elements of the EIA.Aberdeen Harbour has links with over 39 countries worldwide, it is a vital support to Scotland’s oil and gas sector and is the main commercial port supporting the North East of Scotland. Classed as one of 14 projects considered by the Scottish Government to be of national importance within their 3rd National Planning Framework – Proposed Framework Document, the proposed expansion will see the construction of a modern, state-of-the-art harbour facility to meet the demands of the 21st century and to further support international trade. The project as a whole is estimated to contribute nearly £1 billion per annum to local and national economies, and support 15,000 jobs.Working in close partnership, both Fugro EMU and the Waterman Group are well placed to support their client throughout the project with in-house project management, consenting, technical and survey capabilities, as well as a clear understanding of the requirements of supporting technical studies.This project will enable Fugro EMU to expand its sphere of experience already gained in supporting coastal and marine development projects including: Port of Leith 21st Century Port, Neart na Gaiothe Offshore Wind Farm, Moray Offshore Wind Farm and Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm.last_img read more

Passenger vehicle sales fall for 9 consecutive months drop 31 pc in

first_imgNew Delhi: Declining for the ninth consecutive month, domestic passenger vehicle (PV) sales dropped 30.98 per cent to 2,00,790 units in July, from 2,90,931 units in the same period a year ago. Domestic car sales were down 35.95 per cent at 1,22,956 units as against 1,91,979 units in July 2018, according to data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on Tuesday. Motorcycle sales last month declined 18.88 per cent to 9,33,996 units for the month as against 11,51,324 units in the year-ago period. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Total two-wheeler sales in July declined 16.82 per cent to 15,11,692 units compared to 18,17,406 units in the year-ago month. Sales of commercial vehicles were down 25.71 per cent to 56,866 units in July as compared with 76,545 units in the year-ago period, SIAM said. Vehicle sales across categories registered a decline of 18.71 per cent to 18,25,148 units from 22,45,223 units in July 2018, it added. In fact, all vehicle categories witnessed decline in sales during the month.last_img read more

Pakistan govt launches its own mineral water to cut costs

first_imgIslamabad: The Pakistan government has launched its own mineral water brand to cut costs as part of its austerity drive to solve the cash-strapped nation’s financial woes, according to a media report.Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said the bottled water called Safe Drinking Water would be a cheaper alternative to other mineral water brands in the market.Earlier in July, the Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) told a parliamentary committee that all bottled water companies operating in Pakistan were selling “artificial” water instead of natural water. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USChaudhry said that the introduction of cheaper bottled water was in line with the government’s austerity drive.The mineral water bottles will first be used at the Prime Minister’s office, President’s house and Parliament, he added.We have rolled out these water bottles for Rs1 per litre and it is a quality drinking water, the federal minister told The Express Tribune.In the first phase, Chaudhry said, it will be introduced at government offices after which it will be made available to the general public. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe International Monetary Fund’s executive board recently approved a three-year USD 6 billion bailout plan to resuscitate Pakistan’s ailing economy.But the IMF has attached some tough terms for the bailout, indicating that the government needs to take strict austerity measures.Chaudhry said the government is also planning to introduce environment-friendly motorcycles and rickshaws, which will run on rechargeable batteries.The minister said that the electronic vehicles would help conserve energy and protect the environment.last_img read more

Kenney says Legault has shaky grasp of history when it comes to

first_imgQUEBEC — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney shot back at his Quebec counterpart Monday, saying Francois Legault does not understand the history of equalization.On Sunday, Legault defended equalization against criticism from Alberta, saying the program was part of the “original deal” when Quebec entered Confederation in 1867.Kenney pointed out that the first equalization system was introduced in 1957, and the principle of equalization was included in the Constitution in 1982.Legault had said Quebec, which received $13.1 billion in equalization payments in 2019, has a right to equalization, and no province can unilaterally change the formula under which Ottawa distributes the money.He acknowledged that other premiers, whose provinces are running budget deficits, expressed unhappiness at last month’s premiers’ conference in Saskatoon. Would a referendum on equalization payments be worth it for Alberta?YesNoVoteView Results Take Our Poll“There is something I don’t like,” Legault said. “There are premiers of rich provinces who look at Quebec and say: ‘We are sending you a big cheque. We’d rather keep the money here.’ ”In a Facebook post Monday, Kenney corrected Legault on his history and took him to task for opposing new pipelines while his province benefits from Alberta’s oil and gas wealth.“If Ottawa and other provinces want to benefit from Alberta’s resources, then they must not oppose the transport and sale of those resources,” he wrote.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Gigi Hadid Visits UNICEF Programming In Bangladesh

first_imgInternational supermodel and UNICEF Supporter Gigi Hadid traveled with UNICEF USA to Bangladesh last week, promoting the rights and well-being of every child.Gigi Hadid Visits UNICEF Programming in BangladeshDuring her visit, Hadid saw first-hand the impact of UNICEF programming, including education, child-friendly spaces, health support and more. The trip fell on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Rohingya refugee crisis, which began on August 25, 2017.There are 1.3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in the region since the mass influx of Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh from Myanmar last year, and more than half are children. On a visit to the Sabrang river border area, Hadid saw the route that so many children and families took in hopes of a safer life.At a Learning Center in Shamlapur Camp, Hadid met students and joined in educational games and activities. At an Information Feedback Center, she met with inspirational young people, mothers and community mobilizers who are engaging their communities in response efforts.At a Women-Friendly Space in Jamtoli Camp, Hadid met women who are leading their households with support from UNICEF and partners. In the Kutupalong camp, Hadid saw the lifesaving impact of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food Packets for malnourished children at an Outpatient Therapeutic Feeding Center and saw the power of play at a Child-Friendly Space, where kids receive support and recover from trauma.“Visiting the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh with Gigi Hadid ahead of the one-year mark of the crisis was a hugely impactful experience. It gave me a renewed sense of purpose to make sure that these bright, dynamic children have everything they need to grow and thrive,” said Caryl M. Stern President and CEO of UNICEF USA. “We are so thankful that Gigi gave her time, voice and platforms to this mission. She is a living example of what it means to put ‘children first’ and was a natural in the environment – warm and engaging with everyone she met. We are thrilled to have her as a UNICEF USA Supporter.”Upon her return, Hadid and UNICEF Ambassador Halima Aden started a CrowdRise page to support UNICEF’s work to protect children on the move around the world and celebrate their September cover of CR Fashion Book. Both Hadid and Aden are represented by IMG Models, whose parent company Endeavor helped introduce them to UNICEF USA.“We were so proud to connect Gigi with Endeavor’s social impact partner, UNICEF, and watch her mobilize immediately through her first field visit to Bangladesh. Gigi was able to witness firsthand the incredible work UNICEF is doing with the Rohingya refugees in helping them not only survive, but thrive. The impassioned support from Gigi, Halima and their teams at IMG Models will continue to raise awareness for and have a direct impact on the communities UNICEF serves around the world,” stated Tascha Rudder, Executive Director of the Endeavor Foundation.Join Hadid and Aden in their initiative to support uprooted children around the world by visiting www.crowdrise.com/UNICEFuprooted.last_img read more

UN rights experts seek access to prisoners in Iraq Afghanistan and Guantánamo

At their 11th annual meeting in Geneva, 31 participants expressed “their unanimous desire” that four of them with particularly relevant mandates see the prisoners as soon as possible to check that international human rights standards are being upheld.The four experts recommended to make the visits were the Rapporteurs on the independence of judges and lawyers, on arbitrary detention, on the right of everyone to physical and mental health and on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.These four would also make themselves available “to the authorities concerned” for consultation and advice on all issues within their areas of competence, they said.In a separate statement, the human rights experts deplored targeted killings, demolition of Palestinian houses and other practices by Israeli authorities and denounced “the practice of ‘suicide bombings’ carried out against the Israeli population.” read more

US economy grew at its strongest pace in 2 years

US economy grew at its strongest pace in 2 years In this Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, photo, a customer buys lunch at Smolak Farms, in North Andover, Mass. On Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, the Commerce Department issues the first of three estimates of how the U.S. economy performed in the July-September quarter. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) WASHINGTON – Don’t expect much more from the U.S. economy this year — it may have already peaked.Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic health, grew at annual rate of 2.9 per cent in the July-September quarter, shaking off a lacklustre first half and accelerating to its strongest growth in two years, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The improvement was powered by a rebound in exports and a decision by businesses to restock their shelves.The latest figure was double the 1.4 per cent rate in the second quarter. The details, however, point to signs that the pace is unlikely to last.The rise in exports was fueled by a surge in shipments of soybeans to South America. That’s probably not going to happen again. The strength in inventory rebuilding also looks to fade in coming quarters.Moreover, consumer spending growth slowed from a breakneck pace in the second quarter. Business investment was barely positive, still trying to recover from sharp cutbacks in the energy industry after oil prices plunged. Home construction also contracted for a second quarter, although economists believe that setback will be temporary.Gregory Daco, head of U.S. Macroeconomics at Oxford Economics, said the third-quarter results “may be as good as it gets in 2016.” He forecasts slower growth of around 2 per cent in the current October-December period.“Going forward, we expect a modest expansion in economic activity, but we note the economy may be in a fragile equilibrium,” Daco wrote in a research note.Still, the better-than-expected GDP reading for the third quarter keeps the Federal Reserve on track to boost interest rates next month. Economists believe a rate hike at next week’s meeting is unlikely so close to the U.S. presidential election.Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said that the report “confirms that the economic recovery has regained some of the momentum lost within the last year.”The Commerce Department report was the government’s first look at third-quarter GDP. It will be subject to two revisions over the next two months. It represents one of the last major economic reports to be issued before American voters go to the polls on Nov. 8.Democrats hailed the GDP rebound after three straight quarters of anemic growth averaging around 1 per cent. But Republicans said the new figure did not change their view that the country’s current policies need to be changed.“Growth hasn’t risen above 3 per cent for a full year in any year of the Obama presidency,” said Dan Kowalski, deputy policy director for the Trump campaign. “The single most important issue facing the American people is an economy that has failed to deliver jobs, incomes and opportunity.”GDP growth slumped into a pronounced slowdown late last year. Exporters were constrained by a rising dollar, which made their products more expensive on overseas markets. Businesses cut back on boosting inventories in the face of weaker sales.Given the disappointing first half, economists believe growth for the entire year will be a modest 1.6 per cent. The economy grew 2.6 per cent for all of 2015. This recovery from the deep 2007-2009 recession has been the weakest in the post-World War II period, with growth averaging around just 2 per cent over the past seven years.The GDP growth rate in the third quarter was the economy’s best showing since it expanded at a 5 per cent rate in the third quarter of 2014. In the final three months of last year, growth slowed to a 0.9 per cent rate, followed by weak gains of 0.8 per cent in the first quarter this year and 1.4 per cent in the second quarter.Exports in the third quarter rose at a 10 per cent rate. That was the fastest pace since late 2013. A narrowing trade deficit added 0.8 percentage points to growth.Stronger inventory building added 0.6 percentage point to growth after trimming it by 1.2 percentage points in the second quarter.Consumer spending, which accounts for two-thirds of economic activity grew at a solid 2.1 per cent rate but slower than the 4.1 per cent spending burst in the second quarter.___AP economics reporter Paul Wiseman contributed to this report. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Oct 28, 2016 6:52 am MDT Last Updated Oct 28, 2016 at 12:48 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Cameroon beats Mali to qualify for Womens World Cup

CAPE COAST, Ghana — Cameroon became the third and final African team to qualify for next year’s Women’s World Cup by beating Mali 4-2 on Friday in the third-place game at the African Cup of Nations.Cameroon joins Nigeria and South Africa at the World Cup in France in June and July. Nigeria, the defending African champion, and South Africa will meet in the Cup of Nations final on Saturday.Nigeria has won 10 of the 12 African Cups played and is seeking a third title in a row in Ghana. South Africa has lost four finals and never won the tournament, but did beat Nigeria in the group stage this year.In the third-place game, a brace of goals by midfielder Ninon Abena gave Cameroon a 2-0 lead over Mali. Fatoumata Diarra hit back for Mali and an own goal by Cameroon defender Aurelle Awona made it 2-2 in the 56th minute.Substitute Aboudi Onguene put Cameroon ahead again six minutes later and captain Christine Manie sealed victory in injury time with a long-range free kick.Cameroon will be making just its second appearance at the Women’s World Cup, Nigeria its eighth, and South Africa will be making its debut.The Associated Press read more

Mine welding services provider ME Elecmetal joins American Welding Society

first_imgME Elecmetal has announced that it has joined the American Welding Society (AWS), the US-based non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of science, technology and application of welding in all industries.Founded in 1919, the AWS brings together more than 70,000 members worldwide. Among its many contributions is the creation of the recognised ‘AWS Codes and Specifications’ which has become the standard for specifying the correct use of different types of welding. The AWS also develops standards for welding application in different industries, such as mining.Alvaro Palazuelos, Manager of the Machine Shop Business Unit with ME Elecmetal Chile, declared that the company “has been accepted as a member of the AWS is a recognition to the nearly 100 years of history in the development of the metallurgical industry in Chile and the world “.For his part, Juan Agustin Collado, Deputy Commercial Manager of the Machine Shop Business Unit, said that “our Service Centres for mining of Rancagua, Antofagasta and Calama are the units responsible for developing the repairing of mining equipment, applying various welding techniques, making us the leading applicator of welding in Chile.”last_img read more

Column We can be the healthy masculinity we wish to see

first_imgDURING MY SHOWS I will often ask the audience: Raise your hand if you’re a teacher.After only a few hands go up, I ask: Why isn’t everyone’s hand raised?The most important teachers in life have no idea they are teaching – the jerk at the bus stop catcalling a passing woman, the guy at the soccer game loudly cursing out a referee, or my friend’s dad who told me in kindergarten to stop crying. We learn by watching others. As kids especially, anyone we encounter becomes a teacher. They show us what is appropriate, allowed, and, even, expected. It through those actions that culture is either reinforced or eschewed.This is why I believe that toxic masculinity is most powerfully affirmed or challenged by the way we live our lives. Each behaviour we choose communicates to everyone around us the culture we subscribe to. What are your actions communicating?When you are angry and tired, do you become abusive? And I don’t just mean physically, I mean with words or the power you have (of body or otherwise)? Just because you can, do you intimidate others to get what you want? Do you accept it as a given that your gender gives you greater value or purpose?I wanted to be the alpha male at all costsFor much of my life, I was a banner of toxic masculinity. I was emotionally shut down, ready to fight, and trying to hook up with as many women as possible. I wanted to be the alpha male at all costs. I wanted to win. That’s what I believed – what many of us are taught as boys – that being the dominant male means you “win.” Then I realised what I’d become: I was unfulfilled, aimless, and depressed. I wanted to share who I was with the world, but I was dying inside, quietly and alone.That’s when poetry saved my life. It gave me a venue to express everything that had been forbidden to me. It connected me with men who didn’t strive to be the toughest guy. They gave me permission to embrace my full range of humanness – something that, especially at that point in my life, I had never known was possible. Most important of all, this new cultural space introduced me to men that were living and breathing challenges to the machismo and toxic masculinity that I had been inundated by my entire life. Just watching these men so unapologetically defy the status quo gave me permission and room to write my own narrative of masculinity.Sometimes it was just the small or seemingly silly actions that emboldened me: seeing a young male poet with eyeliner or painted nails. Other times it was their raw poems that explored intense vulnerability, grief, confusion, and weakness. I would sit there with my jaw on the floor thinking, Is this dude allowed to do this?And, of course, he was.  We are allowed to do whatever we give ourselves permission to do.  Unfortunately though, the “guy code” and gendered laws that so many of us men learn through osmosis and watching other men around us has created a narrow and stifling idea of what we are even capable of doing.  Much less allowed to do.Showing all of who I amYears ago, I remember sitting and talking with my best friend – now one of the most emotionally literate and open human beings I have ever met – who at the time told me he wasn’t able to cry.  He wanted to, he would try to, but no tears would come. The learning is so profound that it actually impedes the inherent physiology of our bodies! Not able to cry? How is that possible? He is just one example though of many men I have spoken to who struggle with something similar.We will only free each other, as Gandhi once said, by being the change we wish to see. Which is to say, we need to be real-life examples of the kind of masculinity we wish to see in the world. We need to be walking billboards of what we have chosen to unlearn, who we truly are and what we want to teach the next generation of men.During my performances I unapologetically show all of who I am – the silliness, the vulnerability, sarcasm, tears, goofy laughter, insecurity, fear, the full scope of my well-intentioned, conflicted heart that has guided me through it all. I watch men sit rigid and sometimes stunned in their chairs. Then, frequently, I watch tears and laughter and compassion and tenderness mirrored in their faces. As my great director Tamilla Woodard once said:You can only expect your audience to be as brave, open, and alive as you are.We can only expect the men and boys around us to live as fully, beautifully, authentically – as humanly – as we do.Carlos Andrés Gómez is an award-winning writer and performer from New York City. He is the author of the book Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood, released by Gotham Books, an imprint of Penguin. He has appeared on NPR, MSNBC, HBO’s “Def Poetry,” and in Spike Lee’s “Inside Man.” Carlos will appear, in a European exclusive, at axis:Ballymun on 13 & 14 December www.axis-ballymun.ie Follow him on Twitter @CarlosAGLive or visit his website: www.CarlosLive.comRead: Increase in number of male suicide as rising unemployment linked to mental health problemsRead: RTE presenter John Murray talks frankly about his depressionlast_img read more