Refinery given week’s time to demolish wall on jumbo corridor

first_imgThe administration of eastern Assam’s Golaghat district had set a week’s deadline to Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) to demolish a boundary wall erected on a major elephant corridor.The Supreme Court had on January 18 ordered NRL to remove the 2.2 km wall around its proposed township that included a golf course. The refinery was given a month’s time to comply.In a notice to NRL’s Chief General Manager (Human Resources) on February 14, the district’s Deputy Commissioner said the refinery should demolish the entire wall within seven days and ensure that the land so acquired was kept free of any barrier for facilitating the movement of elephants.The order, the notice pointed out, was in reference to the apex court’s order as well as that of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in 2016.Environmentalists had objected to the wall the refinery had erected in 2011 in – as the NGT had observed later – a part of the 133.45-hectare Deopahar Reserve Forest which the Assam Forest Department notified a day after the Supreme Court’s order.The refinery received flak from wildlife activists when a seven-year-old male elephant died of haemorrhage in May 2015 after trying to force its way through the wall. Videos also captured herds trying to cross the high boundary wall with barbed wire in vain. In August 2016, the NGT ordered NRL to demolish the wall within a month, but only a 289-metre stretch was demolished.The refinery challenged the NGT order to demolish the entire wall, but the Supreme Court said “there cannot be any township as elephants have the first right on forest”.last_img read more

Many in Odisha denied PDS rice due to non-seeding of Aadhaar

first_imgThe ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ scheme seems to be not working in favour of many in Odisha, according to a survey that found that hundreds of people have not been provided rice through the Public Distribution System for two months due to non-seeding of Aadhaar. The study also found that exclusion due to Aadhaar linking is more prevalent in tribal areas.A study of 63 villages in Nabarangpur district found that out of 1,271 people in 272 households surveyed, 435 have not been provided PDS rice for September and October due to non-seeding of Aadhaar. Out of these, 35% are children between 0-10 years of age.The survey was conducted during the first week of October by the Odisha chapter of the National Right to Food Campaign, an informal network of organisations and individuals working on right to food issues.PDS rice for two months was distributed in Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput area from September 20 to 30, according to Sameet Panda of the food campaign.Ineligible personsOut of 272 families, there were 17 households having a total of 50 members who have not received grain for September and October as none of the family members were seeded in PDS-Aadhaar.There are 255 such families where Aadhaar of one or more family members has not been seeded. There are 385 persons across these 255 households who have not been seeded into Aadhaar, so their names have been eliminated.The survey found that there are 17 persons who are ineligible. They include those dead; female members married outside; and not available in the village.Out of 435 persons whose Aadhaar has not been seeded, 185 persons don’t have Aadhaar. The survey team met those who have applied for Aadhaar several times but have not received it so far, said Mr. Panda.There are 228 persons who have an Aadhaar number but it has not been seeded yet. Out of them, 72 persons have submitted their Aadhaar in the gram panchayat but they don’t know why it has not been seeded. There are 17 such persons whose Aadhaar number is reflected in the PDS card but their name has been deleted.last_img read more

AFCAT 2016: Set wise answer key to be released at

first_imgThe set wise answer keys of Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) 2016 will be shortly released. All those candidates who had appeared for the exam, may check out the same at the official website:  . The exam was conducted on August 28.The exam had 100 questions and was held for a duration of two hours.Marking schemeThree marks will be awarded to the candidates for every correct answerFor every wrong answer, one mark will be deducted(Read: AIMA MAT September 2016: Admit cards released at The candidates will be called for further testing at one of the Air Board Selection Boards (AFSBs) in Dehradun, Mysore, Gandhinagar, Varanasi or Kacharapara, after clearing the exam.The exam included questions from the following sections:General Awareness: History, Sports, Geography, Environment, Civics, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Current Affairs, Politics etcVerbal Ability in English: Comprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of VocabularyNumerical Ability: Decimal Fraction, Simplification, Average, Profit and loss, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, and Simple interestReasoning and Military Aptitude Test: Verbal Skills and Spatial AbilityAFCAT is conducted for both men and women for granting Short Service Commission (SSC ) degree in flying branch and permanent/short service commission in technical and ground duty branches for the session commencing in July 2017.About Indian Air Force:It is the fourth largest air force in the world, with a highly technical and specialised fighting force, that safeguards our skies against enemy invasions.Read: WBJEE Exam 2016 results declared at advertisementRead: JKSSB Junior Assistant Typing Test 2016: Admit cards available at For information on upcoming exams and results, click here.last_img read more

LeBron Feels The Heat in Miami

first_imgMIAMI – Lebron James was running the gamut of emotions Dec. 25 when he arrived at the arena that he called home for the past four seasons. So did the Miami Heat fans who were seeing him again.They booed the four-time NBA MVP when he and the Cleveland Cavaliers took the court for warmups, booed the first few times he touched the ball, gave him plenty of cheers but still a mixed welcome when he was introduced as a starter, then cheered when he turned the ball over on one of his first touches.But perhaps the truest measure of how James is remembered came during the first timeout of the game, when the Heat unveiled a tribute video for their former star — a minute-long series of clips commemorating his four NBA Finals runs and two titles in Miami, after which he waved to the crowd and got a lengthy standing ovation.“I’ll look forward to seeing it one day,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It was an incredible run. He was a major part of it. None of us have forgotten his contribution. I’ll look back on it with incredible pride and perspective that I coached one of the all-time greats.”No, Miami isn’t happy he left. Also, no, Miami hasn’t forgotten what he meant to the Heat.“I gave everything and more to this city when I was here,” James said before the game, his first time back at the arena since leaving Miami for Cleveland this past summer. “Never disrespected this city or the franchise, or any of my teammates. Everything is professional. I gave it all. That’s all I can do.”James took  a seat on the scorers’ table near mid-court for the last 30 seconds or so of that video, watching it on the giant overhead screen. “I’ve got a lot of memories here, man,” James said.It was predictably an emotional return for James, who acknowledged feeling butterflies when he walked in and headed toward the visitors’ locker room for the first time in nearly five years. He scored 30 points, but his Cavaliers lost to the Heat 101-91.Many from the nearest seats took pictures when James did his traditional powder toss before taking the court, and he exchanged huge hugs with several Heat players moments later. He also pointed toward the Heat bench and tapped his heart.“What me and my teammates created here while we were here, it’s going to last forever,” James said. “You can never take that out of the books. You can never take that from anything. Whatever else that comes with it, we’ll deal with it then.”Whatever negativity James heard, it was nothing like his last such “homecoming” game — the one when he returned to Cleveland in 2010 for the first time since joining the Heat. He said he didn’t “circle” the Dec. 25 game on his calendar, saying he’s long past things like that.“LeBron was an enormous figure here,” Cavaliers coach David Blatt said. “He was part of a great run. Obviously, there’s going to be emotion and a lot of feeling and a lot of excitement. You just can’t look past that because you want to. That’s going to happen. You just have to try to roll with it. I thought he handled it well.”James has remained friends with several Heat players, and interacted with some members of the team’s front office at Dwyane Wade’s wedding this off-season.And many Heat players said in the days leading up to this showdown that they expected James to be greeted with at least some measure of appreciation.In turn, James said he appreciated those sentiments, and the bonds that remain. “It shows what we were able to do in that locker room,” James said.(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Scorpio Bulkers, Lenders Modify Loan Terms

first_imgzoom NYSE-listed dry bulk owner and operator Scorpio Bulkers, Inc. has struck a deal in principle with its lenders to change the interest coverage ratio covenant and reduce the value-to-loan ratio covenant under the company’s loans.Under the terms of the agreements, the company’s interest coverage ratio would not be applicable for certain loans until the first quarter of 2018, at which point the ratio will be 1.00 to 1.00 and will be calculated on a year-to-date basis for the first and second quarter of 2018. Thereafter, the interest coverage ratio will revert to its original covenant level of 2.50 to 1.00.The deals also state that Scorpio Bulkers’ value-to-loan ratio covenant would be reduced to 140% for all facilities, with an exception of the company’s USD 67.5 million loan, where the covenant level would be reduced to 115%.Furthermore, the company agreed with its lenders to prepay approximately USD 14.5 million in aggregate of principal installments on outstanding borrowings, of which USD 12.1 million is to be applied against principal installments falling due between the second quarter of 2016 and the third quarter of 2018.Scorpio Bulkers also added that it has agreed with all of its lenders to amend definitions within its leverage ratio and consolidated net worth covenants to exclude certain non-operating items.During the first quarter of the year the company canceled a shipbuilding contract for a Kamsarmax bulk carrier that was expected to be delivered in April 2016, resulting in a loss of approximately USD 11.6 million.Scorpio Bulkers also delayed the deliveries of two Ultramax vessels and six Kamsarmax vessels under construction by approximately six months each.last_img read more

Garbage Truck Santas decorated rig rolls for 27th year in Whitehorse

first_imgWHITEHORSE — A familiar, if somewhat unconventional, holiday event resumes for its 27th season in Whitehorse but the man who’s better known as Garbage Truck Santa worries he’s celebrating on borrowed time.Semi-retired sanitation worker Wayne Henderson has decorated an old packer-style garbage truck with thousands of Christmas lights and has plans to drive it around Whitehorse spreading joy and handing out candy canes.  The rolling ritual was inspired in 1991 when Henderson was regularly greeted on his rounds by a youngster who delighted in the arrival of his truck.He has decorated a garbage truck every year since then, visiting daycares, schools and seniors centres, even keeping the tradition alive after 2012 by borrowing an old packer truck from a local trailer park when newly purchased city trucks could not be decorated.But Henderson says he’s been told the trailer park and the truck could be sold in the next year so he’s mulling a fundraising campaign to buy the old rig.He says he’d like to hit the 30-year milestone and then hand the annual tradition over to his son. (CKRW)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Bill Cosby To Perform At StarStudded Stand Up For Heroes Event

first_imgThe Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) and New York Comedy Festival (NYCF) just added Bill Cosby and Jim Gaffigan to the star-studded line-up for the annual Stand Up for Heroes, an evening of comedy and music benefiting injured service members, veterans and their families on Wednesday, November 6th at 8pm.The event will also feature performances by Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart and Roger Waters. Roger Waters will take the stage and perform with a band comprised of nearly two-dozen wounded veterans and active servicemen (and women) many of whom are current patients at Walter Reed Hospital and participants in the BWF funded MusiCorps.Stand Up for Heroes now at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, brings together leaders from military, business, entertainment, government and philanthropy to raise funds to help post-9/11 injured service members and their families thrive long after they return to the home front.Tickets for Stand Up for Heroes can be purchased at or Corporate sponsor packages and VIP benefit packages can be purchased by emailing Up for Heroes, brought to you by Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS), a consortium of financial firms, and supported by founding sponsor GFI Group, Inc. is one of the centerpiece events of the 10th annual New York Comedy Festival, running Nov. 6-10, 2013, at venues throughout New York City.This year’s sponsors for Stand Up for Heroes include: VOWS, GFI Group, Inc., The Paul E. Singer Foundation, Google, Inc., Havas PR & Havas Health, Jack Daniels, JetBlue, JWT, Purdue Pharma L.P.The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) is the nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring injured service members and their families are thriving long after they return home. A national organization with grassroots reach, the Bob Woodruff Foundation complements the work of the federal government —diligently navigating the maze of more than 40,000 nonprofits providing services to veterans—finds, funds and shapes innovative programs, and holds them accountable for results. To date, BWF has invested more than $15 million in public education and solutions, reaching more than a million service members, support personnel, veterans and their families. The Bob Woodruff Foundation was co-founded in 2006 by award-winning anchor Bob Woodruff and his family, whose own experiences inspired them to help make sure the nation’s heroes have access to the high level of support and resources they deserve, for as long as they need it.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Mountain Rocks Fall Down Block Marrakech Ouarzazate Road

Rabat – The Tizi N Tichka road between Marrakech and Ouarzazate was cut off on Sunday due to huge rocks which fell down from a mountain.Media outlets reported that road was blocked on both sides of the falling stones.Local sources attributed the falling of the rocks to the rainfalls a day before. The Ministry of Equipment and Transport started removing the rocks later on in the day.Stretched over 146 kilometers of mountainous range, the road has been known for being one of the deadliest in Morocco.In 2015, the road was enlarged in an attempt to curb the number of accidents taking place there. read more

Lakhdar Brahimi Says Morocco and Algeria Should Not Remain Foes

Rabat – Lakhdar Brahimi, a former Algerian foreign minister and UN diplomat,  commented positively on King Mohammed VI’s dialogue offer in an interview with Jeune Afrique.Brahimi said that he has been saying for “twenty years that there is no reason for the relations between Algeria and Morocco to be in this state.”He recalled the King’s offer of dialogue to Algeria, calling for a joint mechanism of consultations and frank dialogue to restore the bilateral ties between the two countries. “You know, now there has been this initiative of the King. There was also a very warm message from President Bouteflika to the King a few days ago,” said the former Algerian diplomat.King Mohammed VI made his offer to Algeria on November 6. Algeria has not responded to the offer yet, but Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika sent a formal message to King Mohammed VI to congratulate him on Independence Day, November 18.In his message, Bouteflika emphasized his country’s “firm determination” to improve bonds of fraternity and solidarity.Read Also: Algerian Politician: We Don’t Understand the Silence on Morocco’s ProposalMorocco, however, did not consider Bouteflika’s message a direct answer to King Mohammed VI’s message.In the midst of Algeria’s continuous silence, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita summoned the Algerian ambassador in Rabat to ask him for his country’s position on the King’s offer. The meeting did not result in any statement from Algeria.After the meeting, Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement, saying that the royal initiative “stems from a sincere desire to create a framework for direct and inclusive bilateral dialogue to resolve all disputes between the two countries.”Brahimi acknowledged that his country has not yet answered. “For the moment, there has been no answer from Algiers.” read more

Valeant misses expectations losing 89 million in Q4 and 116M for full

MONTREAL – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International expects that its $2.6 billion acquisition of U.S.-based dermatology company Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. will generate larger cost savings than previously forecast.“There is significantly more value for shareholders in this transaction than we originally modelled,” CEO Michael Pearson said Thursday during a conference call about its fourth-quarter and 2012 results.The Montreal-based company says the deal helps its plans to become a global leader in dermatology and complements its portfolio in the areas of acne medication and injectable dermal fillers in esthetic products.Valeant spent $105 million in restructuring costs related to Medicis in the fourth quarter, including $78 million in severances. Pre-acquisition costs were $181.7 million, mostly from stock-based compensation.Overall, the company is closing several facilities, including one on the outskirts of Montreal where it is consolidating operations in Laval. It’s unclear how many employees will be affected, but a company spokeswoman said many will likely relocate to Laval.Pearson said the company continues to eye more opportunities for growth even as it seeks to reduce its debt in the coming months.“We continue to be in active conversations for both large and small deals but the timing of deals is unpredictable so we’re not going to give any timing commitments,” he told analysts.Valeant missed expectations as it net loss grew in the fourth-quarter and full-year amid higher operating expenses and items related to restructuring and acquisitions.The pharmaceutical company, which is Canada’s largest publicly traded drug maker, said its net loss was $89.1 million or 29 cents per diluted share in the latest period.For the full year, the loss was $116 million or 38 cents per share.That compared with net earnings of $44.8 million or 18 cents in its fourth quarter a year ago and a full-year net profit of $159.6 million or 49 cents per share for 2011.Adjusting for one-time items, it earned $1.22 per share, two cents below analyst forecasts, according to Thomson Reuters, but better than 87 cents per share a year ago. Excluding interest expense for Medicis, its earnings increased 43 per cent to $1.34 per share.Valeant (TSX:VRX) completed the acquisition of Medicis Corp. on Dec. 11, but said its operations had no material impact on the results for the fourth quarter.It earned $4.14 per share in adjusted full-year profits, compared to $4.52 per share expected by analysts, but above the $2.64 per share reported in 2011.Revenue soared in both periods, up 43 per cent to $986.3 million in the quarter, rising to $3.55 billion for all of 2012 compared with $2.46 billion in 2011.Valeant said $423 million in adjusted cash flow from operations during the quarter raised the total to $1.3 billion for the year, at the high end of its earlier guidance.The company said all business units met or exceeded expectations as revenues excluding acquisitions grew about seven per cent in the quarter.“Consistent with our track record over the last five years, we have overdelivered on every key metric — revenue growth, cash EPS and adjusted cash flows from operations,” he added.“We are particularly pleased to report a return to growth for our neurology and other business (segment) after six quarters of decline.”Douglas Miehm of RBC Capital Markets said the results were in line with his expectations and reflect the closure of the Medicis deal and typical one-time items.“Valeant reported fourth-quarter results which were largely uneventful considering that the company provided guidance in early January when it gave 2013 guidance,” he wrote in a report.Valeant said its Canadian and Australian segment had negative organic product sales growth in the quarter as expected, due to the growth in a generic version of Casamet since last March. Excluding this drug, the segment’s organic sales grew by five per cent.The emerging markets segment’s pro forma organic product sales grew by 15 per cent, driven by growth in all geographic areas.Valeant Pharmaceuticals is a multinational specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of products primarily in the areas of neurology, dermatology and branded generics.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, its shares gained $1.30 or nearly two per cent to $69.55 on Thursday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Valeant misses expectations, losing $89 million in Q4 and $116M for full year by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 28, 2013 8:28 am MDT read more

Commemorating Remembrance Day

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On Wednesday 11 November people across the globe will take a minute’s silence at 11.00 am to commemorate Remembrance Day, and the end of World War I.On this day in 1918, four years, three months and two weeks of terror were called to an end.Though the war was centred in Europe, it was very much a global battle with allies including Britain, France, Japan, South Africa, India, Australia, Greece, the Russian Empire, and a number of others. Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance will hold a service at 10.30 am on Wednesday to remember the men and women who lost their lives and suffered not only in the First World War, but in all wars and peacekeeping operations throughout history. The commemorations will follow at the Sanctuary, where those gathered will witness the sun pass across the Stone of Remembrance, landing on the word ‘LOVE’ at 12 noon. Remembrance ceremonies will then take place every half hour from 12.30 pm, with the last ceremony held at 4.30 pm. The Flag Ceremony and Last Post will be conducted on the Shrine WWII Forecourt at 5.00 pm.last_img read more

Dems force 1week delay on panel vote on Supreme Court pick

first_imgWASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Monday forced a one-week delay in a committee vote on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, who remains on track for confirmation with solid Republican backing.Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, announced that, as expected, Democrats have requested a postponement. The committee vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch now will be held April 3.At least 15 Democrats and independents, led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, have announced their opposition to the Denver-based appeals court judge, arguing that Gorsuch has ruled too often against workers and in favor of corporations.Several Democrats have expressed frustration with the lack of answers Gorsuch gave during two lengthy days of questioning at his confirmation hearing last week. They also expressed concerns that he wouldn’t be an independent voice from Trump, who nominated him in January.But the nominee is supported by all Republican senators, and the GOP has a 52-48 majority. Republicans praised Gorsuch’s testimony, saying he showed humility and a deep understanding of legal precedent and separation of powers.last_img read more

Premier Stiffer Penalties to Come for Persons Caught in Human Trafficking

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 25th 2017: Stiffer penalties to come for persons caught in human trafficking and in illegal trade. This as TCI needs to send a strong message as a country with laws in place to deal with illegal migrants. The message comes from Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson who is also cautioning persons caught harbouring illegal migrants of the hefty fine of $20,000 for such an offence.Her warning comes on the heels of reports circulating that a vessel with some 100 Haitians arrived on TCI shores early Thursday morning. While no official word on how many persons arrived on the boat, members of the Police Service together with the Immigration Task force apprehended several of the migrants, it is believed that a vast number remain at large. An appeal has been issued to residents of Providenciales to assist with information leading to the apprehension of others who traveled on this vessel, or any other illegal migrants within our borders.She adds that the summary conviction or term of imprisonment for the offence is four years, while persons acquiring status other than by birth convicted of the offense can face the possibility of their status in the Islands revoked, making them liable to deportation. A frustrated Premier, who is the acting Border Control Minister, says “It is a vexing experience as each time the country’s purse is taxed and monies that can be used elsewhere for our developmental needs are directed towards detention and repatriation”.The Premier in expressing understanding of the matter, as something previous governments have grappled with, she says the time had come to change the approach to the problem. As a result, she is promising to send a clear message to persons breaking the law as she intends to implement stronger penalties to come for those caught. The Premier underscored the message of the TCI as a country with laws.Premier Cartwright Robinson is currently acting Border Control Minister, as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Border Control, Sean Astwood was in The Bahamas for the opening of Parliament.#MagneticMediaNews#StifferPenalitiesForIllegalMigrantsComing#TCIACountryWithLawslast_img read more

Google Ideas chief talks about how technology is changing world

first_imgJared Cohen hasn’t yet reached his 30th birthday, but he’s been a policy adviser in the Bush and Obama administrations, written two books, and is head of Google’s technology and policy think tank called Google Ideas. Cohen, based in New York, visited Portland Tuesday as a guest of Portland-based Mercy Corps to share insights about how technology is transforming the world’s security and political dynamics in unpredictable ways, feeding revolutionary fervor in this year’s Arab Spring uprisings and curbing corruption in the delivery of emergency services to refugees.He filled his talk at Portland’s First Congregational Church with anecdotes from his travels and interviews with young people in Iran, Egypt, and other nations in political turmoil. “Where young people had access to technology, they started realizing the power they had,” said Cohen, an adjunct fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who turns 30 next month. He followed with a cautionary note on the limits of technology: “Revolutions happen faster and are easier to start, but they are just as difficult to finish,” he said. “It’s just as hard to build a government back up. It’s not clear that technology is creating new leaders.”Cohen said he entered Stanford University as an anthropology major, but shifted to a focus on the interaction between technology and social change following a startling series of personal events. After completing research on the Maasai ethnic group in Africa, he traveled to Rwanda to see mountain gorillas and learned about the depth of that nation’s 1994 ethnic cleansing, which cost 800,000 lives in just 100 days.last_img read more

White House honors Sitkan as champion of fisheries

first_imgBehnken testifies before the Alaska State Board of Fisheries in 2015. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz,/KCAW)The White House today honored Sitkan Linda Behnken as a “Champion of Change” for her work to improve fishing sustainability.Listen Now Behnken directs the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association. She has been a commercial fisherman for more than 30 years. At a White House forum today, she said fishermen are great problem-solvers.“They have to be,” she said. “When you’re out on the water, 90 miles off shore and something breaks, you have to know how to fix it. And you have to know how to get yourself back to shore and keep your crew safe.”She says her organization and the national fishing coalitions she works with aim to harness that ingenuity. She’s worked to involve fishermen in research projects to ensure healthy fish populations and improve ocean science. Behnken says they also use their networks to help new fishermen get off to a good start.“So having people who are established, that know how to avoid sensitive habitat (and) know how to avoid bycatch hotspots, mentor young fishermen, share data with young fishermen and help them be successful, with running their businesses in ways that also sustain the fisheries for the future,” she said.Behnken was one of 12 people the White House honored as “Champions of Change” in seafood sustainability. The Obama White House created the “Champions of Change” awards as part of the president’s “Win the Future” initiative, a key theme in his 2011 State of the Union address.last_img read more

MITS receives prestigious AAA rating in Madanapalle

first_imgMadanapalle: Madanapalle Institute of Technology & Science once again was the proud recipient of the “AAA” rating at the National level, Dr C Yuvaraj , Principal, announced at the press meet on Sunday. The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, organised the award ceremony on Friday (July 26) and the award was presented by Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi – Chairman, NPTEL PIC, Director, IIT Madras to MITS coordinator, Dr. Arul Kumar. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He said that the rating was awarded by the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in January and April 2019. This is the only achievement in the state of Andhra Pradesh,” he said. Dr N Vijaya Bhaskar Choudary, the Secretary and Correspondent of MITS stated that “MITS was selected as the winner and the award was given to our college because of the hard work of the students and we are grateful to them and their parents for their efforts in bringing laurels to the college.”last_img read more

Swedens negative interest rate shock

first_imgSweden’s negative interest rate shock352 viewsSweden’s negative interest rate shock352 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Sweden’s negative interest rate shock352 viewsBusinessIt’s not often Sweden shocks markets but the central bank’s decision to introduce negative interest rates wasn’t expected. Neither was the launch of a bond buying programme. The moves are a responseVentuno Web Player 4.50It’s not often Sweden shocks markets but the central bank’s decision to introduce negative interest rates wasn’t expected. Neither was the launch of a bond buying programme. The moves are a responselast_img read more

4 die in California hostage standoff

first_imgLaw enforcement personnel are seen near a building after an active shooter turned hostage situation at the Veterans Home of California on 9 March 2018 in Yountville, California. AFPA gunman and three women thought to be his hostages were found dead Friday at a California veterans home after an hours-long standoff with police.The assailant struck at 10:20am (1820 GMT) at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville in the Napa Valley, the largest veterans’ home in the United States with around 1,000 former servicemen and women.“Shortly before 6:00pm this evening law enforcement personnel made entry into the room where we felt the hostages were being held by the suspect and unfortunately made the discovery of three deceased females and one deceased male suspect,” Captain Chris Childs of the California Highway Patrol told a news conference.“This is a tragic piece of news, one we were really hoping we wouldn’t have to come before the public to give.”The Napa County Sheriff’s Office had earlier issued an advisory on social media telling people to avoid the area following reports of gunfire, as the California Highway Patrol dispatched officers, air support and a SWAT team to the site.Childs said a sheriff’s deputy who was first on the scene exchanged fire with the suspect, adding that “we credit him with saving the lives of others in the area by eliminating the ability for the suspect to go out and find further victims.”The three victims were described by local media as employees of The Pathway Home, an on-site counselling service for veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).It was not immediately clear whether they had been targeted or were chosen at random.The San Francisco Chronicle said the gunman-apparently a 36-year-old war veteran wearing “a stash of bullets” around his neck and waist-had been on the PTSD treatment program, adding that his weapon was a rifle.Gunman was calmIt quoted state senator Bill Dodd identifying the program’s executive director, Christine Loeber, as being one of the dead, although the victims’ names have not been officially released.Police did not say how they died, although local media, citing unnamed sources, reported that the assailant shot the three women before turning the gun on himself.Dodd, whose district includes the centre, said the gunman had been asked to leave several days earlier, according to the Chronicle.“It’s a residential program so guys live in the building, staff work in the building,” Larry Kamer, whose wife Devereaux Smith was working at the centre, told the local ABC7 News channel.Smith, a development director for The Pathway Home, was one of four women released by the gunman, said Kamer.“There was a going away party for a couple of the staff who were leaving today. They were having cake and toasting and all that and then he apparently just walked in with this rifle.”Kamer said the gunman was calm and talked to everyone present.The discovery came after several fruitless hours of trying to contact the man by the sheriff’s department, City of Napa Police and the FBI.California Department of Veterans Affairs secretary Vito Imbasciani said in a statement the agency was “devastated” by the deaths.“Our hearts are heavy for the entire Yountville Veterans Home community and the families and friends who are grieving for those who died,” he added.“Nothing matters more than caring for our veterans and employees during this difficult time. We appreciate the tremendous law enforcement response today and unfailing support of this community.”last_img read more

Take action against human traffickers JS body

first_imgIn the wake of death of Bangladeshis in recent boat capsize in the Mediterranean Sea, the relevant parliamentary standing committee on Wednesday suggested the foreign ministry to take action against those engaged in human trafficking, reports UNB.The parliamentary standing committee on foreign affairs ministry came up with the recommendation at its 4th meeting held at the Jatiya Sangsad with its chairman Muhammad Faruk Khan in the chair, said a handout.At the meeting, the committee expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Bangladeshis in the Mediterranean Sea along Tunisia on their way to Europe from Libya.The parliamentary watchdog asked the foreign ministry to identify the syndicates of those engaged in human trafficking and take measures against them.It also recommended the Bangladesh missions concerned to extend their cooperation to the Bangladeshi victims in the boat capsize.A boat carrying 70-80 people capsized in the sea some time on the night of 9 May.The ministry of foreign affairs on Wednesday released the identities of 39 Bangladeshis who went missing after the boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea while attempting to reach Europe from Libya.Fourteen other Bangladesh nationals were rescued alive from the capsized boat.It also confirmed that 130 of the total 150 migrants on two boats were Bangladeshis. One boat reached safely and another, carrying 70-80 passengers, capsized in the sea.The parliamentary committee also discussed the plan and preparation of the foreign ministry for celebrating the Mujib Year (2020-2021) to mark the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.Discussing the manpower crisis at Bangladeshi missions in different countries, the committee recommended quick recruitment of manpower and enhancement of ICT use to overcome the problem.The parliamentary body also suggested the ministry for taking measures for the committee’s visit to the training academy of the foreign ministry.Committee members foreign minister AK Abdul Momen, state minister for foreign affairs Md Shahriar Alam, Nurul Islam Nahid, Md Abdul Majid Khan, Nahim Razzaq and Nizam Uddin Jalil (John) attended the meeting.last_img read more

Can videogames promote emotional intelligence

first_imgWhile it’s commonly believed that video games are harmful for children, researchers have found that it can help them evaluate, express and manage emotions when used as part of an emotional intelligence training programme. “Video games may improve the expression of emotions, but awareness and coping strategies can’t be solely understood by games. Emotional intelligence can be better explained when there are emotions involved from both sides,” health experts said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAccording to the study published in the Games for Health Journal, researchers from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Italy developed an emotional intelligence training programme that integrated video games as experience-based learning tools. The researchers created EmotivaMente, a video game, to enhance emotional intelligence among adolescents, perhaps the group that could benefit the most. They analysed 121 adolescents who participated in eight sessions. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Games for health have been designed to address an increasing variety of issues. A relatively new health issue is emotional intelligence, which has implications for various health problems, including coping with stress,” said Tom Baranowski, Professor at the Baylor College of Medicine in the US. The preliminary evaluation indicated that video games enhanced the students’ evaluation and expression of emotions. But some experts believe outdoor activities should be given more importance to develop emotional intelligence, which includes awareness of emotions, managing emotions effectively and maintaining relationships, in children. “In the modern day where interaction is increasingly becoming online and more time is spent indoors, the right way to build emotional intelligence is people-to-people interactions, spending quality time with peers and family, learning through experiences and feedback.”last_img read more