Gynaecologist attacked in Pune for refusing to perform illegal abortion

first_imgIn yet another incident of violence against the medical fraternity, a city-based gynaecologist was assaulted by a gang after he reportedly refused to perform an illegal abortion.The incident occurred late Saturday night in Pune’s Sangvi area after Dr. Amol Bidkar, a gynaecologist-pregnancy doctor with the Sakhi Maternity Centre, was attacked with a long-bladed weapon (‘koyta’) after he refused to terminate the foetus of a young woman in the fifth month of her pregnancy. “A man had approached Dr. Bidkar a fortnight ago to perform the operation, but he refused on grounds that it was illicit as the foetus was more than 20 weeks old. On Saturday, at around 9 p.m., a gang of ruffians led by the man broke into his clinic and pressed him to reconsider. One person stood outside the doctor’s cabin while one stood out on watch outside the clinic. When Dr. Bidkar flatly refused, he was assaulted with a sharp weapon and sustained injuries on his shoulder. Fortunately, he is out of danger,” said Dr. Pradeep Nanaware, president, Sangvi-Pimple Gurav Doctors Association.He said that the attack was typical of a spate of incidents since last year where doctors were targeted, either by the unruly kin of patients or by out-of-control persons whose unreasonable demands were refused by medical personnel.On Sunday morning, a number of doctors from the Sangvi-Pimple Gurav Doctors association gathered at the Sangvi police station and demanded that the miscreants be nabbed immediately. A complaint has been lodged under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).Last year in July, irate relatives of a deceased patient had savagely assaulted two resident doctors in the city’s Sassoon General Hospital, accusing them of ‘negligence’.The incident provoked a storm of condemnation at the time with the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) castigating the State government for paying scant attention to the security of resident doctors and calling for a strike which paralysed medical services in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad for nearly a week.last_img read more

SDF announces names of 18 candidates

first_imgSikkim Democratic Front president and Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling on Friday announced the names of 18 SDF candidates for the Assembly election, dropping nine sitting MLAs including Speaker K.N. Rai and three Ministers.Seeking 8th term Mr. Rai, who was elected in 2014 from Poklok Kamrang seat in South Sikkim, has been denied nomination this time as the Chief Minister himself has decided to contest from this constituency.Mr. Chamling, who is seeking election for the eighth successive term, will also contest from his traditional seat, Namchi Singithang in South Sikkim which he had won by a convincing margin in the 2014 polls too.He has dropped three Ministers — Sher Bahadur Subedi, Arjun Kumar Ghatani and Tulsi Devi Rai — and replaced them with new candidates. Five other ruling party MLAs have been denied renomination in the first list of candidates.The 18 candidates are — Dechen Ongmu Bhutia (Yoksam-Tashiding), N.K. Subba (Maneybong-Dentam), I.M. Sharma (Gyalshing Barnyak), K.S. Lepcha (Rinchenpong), Pem Norbu Sherpa (Daramdin), Dhan Kumari Kami (Salghari-Zoom), Pawan Chamling (Poklok Kamrang), Pawan Chamling (Namchi Singithang), The other candidates are Pharwanti Tamang (Melli), Birjan Tamang (Namthang Rateypani), G.M. Gurung (Temi Namphing), Raj Kumar Thapa (Rangang Yangang), Ugen T. Gyatso Bhutia (Tumen Lingi), D.T. Lepcha (Gnathang-Machong), Em Prasad Shara (Namcheybung), G.T. Dhungel (Upper Tadong), Pintso Chopel Lepcha (Gangtok) and Pintso Namgyal Lepcha (Djongu).Of the 18 candidates named, three are women — Dhan Kumar Kami (Salghari Zoom), Pharwanti Tamang (Melli) and Raj Kumari Thapa (Rangang-Yangyang), and two women MLAs — Tulshi Devi Rai (Melli) and Tilu Gurung (Namthang Ratepaney) — have been denied renomination. The candidates for the 14 remaining seats will be announced later, SDF spokesperson Kisor Kharka said.last_img read more

ScienceShot: Unlikely Ally Helps Red Squirrel Fight Invader

first_imgFor more than a century, invasive gray squirrels have bullied their way across Ireland, outcompeting and drastically reducing the native red squirrel population. But a new study finds that the red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris, pictured) has acquired an unlikely ally: its natural predator, the pine marten. The find comes thanks to a 2007 ecological survey, which noted an unexpected decline in the number of North American eastern gray squirrels (S. carolinensis) on the island—and a concomitant rise in the number of pine martens (Martes martes), cat-sized, squirrel-eating carnivores. Researchers collected pine marten feces and hair samples from areas with and without gray squirrels. Finding places where the two species overlapped was so difficult that the researchers used a specially trained scent dog to track down pine marten scat in gray squirrel–populated areas. Where pine martens were plentiful, red squirrels thrived alongside their natural predator, the team will report next month in Biodiversity and Conservation. The feces revealed that not only had pine martens added gray squirrels to their diets, but that they were also feasting on the invasive species eight times more often than on red squirrels. The researchers believe the red squirrels acquired defenses against predation, such as better tree-climbing skills, as they coevolved with the pine marten, giving them a leg up on their non-native competition. (The gray squirrel originally came to Ireland in 1911 when a wedding gift of a dozen squirrels escaped into the wild.) As Ireland’s pine marten population continues to recover thanks to habitat protection and antihunting laws, a red squirrel resurgence may be less of a nutty idea.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Punjab, Haryana fall short of storage space for bumper wheat crop

first_imgThe bumper crop of wheat has created problems for farmers and food department officials in Punjab and Haryana. The fertile wheat belt running across Punjab and Haryana, known as the country’s bread basket, has been grappling with a big storage problem. In Haryana’s Sonepat district the state machinery has been looking for ways to store over 9 lakh quintal wheat crop. All this excess grain has been lying out in the open in unhygienic conditions. Grains spilling out of sacks have even started to rot. Officials in the state have been struggling to manage this huge quantity of food grain. Sonepat additional food supplies controller Brahma Prakash Yadav however said, “The state government has paid a bonus to farmers this year for the extra produce. We have made secure storage arrangements for the extra produce.” Neighbouring Punjab has also been facing a similar crisis. Districts like Ludhiana and Bathinda have had an above average produce of wheat this year. So the storage facilities in the state were clearly not enough to store the bumper crop. That has left the officials with no choice but to let the crops rot in the open. The Punjab government squarely shifted the blame for the storage crisis on the Centre. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal said, “Punjab is suffering huge losses because so much grain is going waste. Centre is responsible for not providing enough storage to take care of this bumper crop”.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgMumbai, Nov 30 (PTI) Following are the top storiesMumbai, Nov 30 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western region at 2100 hrs.BOM 8 GJ-RAHUL-FARM LOANLathi (Guj): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi tries to woo farmers in Gujarat amid a high-stakes poll battle, promising that their loans would be waived if his party forms government in the state.BOM 18 MH-HAZARE-MODIMumbai: Social activist Anna Hazare will launch his agitation over Jan Lokpal and farmers issues in Delhi from March 23 next year and today asks Prime Minister Narendra Modi to select a venue for it.BOM 6 GJ-TATAMOTORS-NANOAhmedabad: Breaking its silence over Congress vice president Rahul Gandhis charge that the BJP-led Gujarat government extended undue favours of Rs 33,000 crore to it for car manufacturing facility at Sanand, Tata Motors says it got Rs 584.8 crore as loan, and not grant.BOM 7 GJ-PAK-FISHERMENAhmedabad: The Indian Coast Guard apprehends 15 Pakistani fishermen and seizes two of their boats after they allegedly venture into Indian waters off Gujarat coast.LGB 1 MH-HC-MANODHAIRYA SCHEMEMumbai: The Bombay High Court asks the Maharashtra government to notify the revised Manodhairya scheme under which monetary compensation to victims of rape and other offences against women was raised to Rs 10 lakh.LGB 3 MH-HC-WOMAN COP-SEX CHANGEMumbai: The Bombay High Court refuses to hear a petition filed by a 28-year-old police constable seeking a direction to the Maharashtra DGP to grant her leave to undergo a sex-change surgery and directs her to approach the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT).LGB 5 MH-HC-RAPE VICTIM PLEAadvertisementMumbai: A 13-year-old victim of rape approaches the Bombay High Court seeking permission to terminate her 26-week pregnancy.SPB1 SPO-SEHWAGMumbai: Former Test batsman Virender Sehwag backs the inclusion of cricket in the Olympic Games and feels the T10 format will be ideal to be drafted into the quadrennial sports extravaganza. PTI NRB NRBlast_img read more

There’s A New Heisman House Commercial Starring Baker Mayfield

first_imgBaker Mayfield stars in a new Heisman House commercial.Former Oklahoma signal-caller Baker Mayfield is the quarterback of the Cleveland Browns now, but he’s still representing the Sooners on television from time to time. His latest work is another hilarious Heisman House commercial.In the new spot, Mayfield is flying around on drone shoes, talking to former Miami quarterback Gino Torretta. Mayfield reveals that he’s both gotten his car painted and hired a band to follow him around – hoping to write off all these expenses on his taxes.After Torretta informs Mayfield that none of it is tax-deductible, the former Sooners quarterback unveils a cape and flies off for some sad alone time.It’s a weird commercial, for sure. But Oklahoma fans will still like it.Big league @bakermayfield thinks his new drone shoes are tax deductible. @GinoTorretta has some news for him. @NissanUSA #HeismanHouse— Nissan (@NissanUSA) November 1, 2018Mayfield, after being selected No. 1 overall this past April, has had a decent start to his NFL career. He’s thrown for 1,471 yards and eight touchdowns against six interceptions in six games.Mayfield’s NFL career took a bit of a turn earlier this week when the Browns decided to fire head coach Hue Jackson. It’ll be interesting to see how Mayfield performs moving forward.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Names ‘Good Fit’ For The West Virginia Job

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Earlier this week, reports of Dana Holgorsen-to-Houston began. Although the reports seemed like all smoke and no fire at first, they quickly morphed into a real story.Holgorsen’s ties to Houston and friendship with super-booster Tilman Fertitta was enough for the Cougars to lure him away from his position at West Virginian. Holgorsen is the new head coach at Houston, which leaves a vacancy for the Mountaineers.On Tuesday afternoon, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit thinks Butch Jones could be a good fit for the West Virginia opening, according to Michael Bratton.Kirk Herbstreit believes Butch Jones could be ‘good fit’ for West Virginia head coaching position— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) January 1, 2019Jones most recently worked as an analyst for Alabama, but has significant head coaching experience. He had successful stints at Central Michigan and Cincinnati before taking over at Tennessee.In five years as the Volunteers head coach, Jones led the team to a 34-27 record and three bowl wins.Will Jones land a head coaching job after one year with the Tide?last_img read more

Kiara Advani is a breath of fresh air in ganji top and orange sports bra for gym

first_imgOther Galleries 9 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Disha Patani is comfortable yet sexy in spaghetti crop top and track pants at Mumbai airport 12 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Kiara Advani to Urvashi Rautela: Best and worst-dressed at award night 9 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Kriti Sanon pairs smart denim jacket with neon green dress for Housefull 4 promotions. See pics 10 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Sara Ali Khan is elegance personified in white dress at airport. See picsOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoLifestyleLifestyleGallery Image: Image: Caption: Kiara Advani was recently spotted in Juhu, Mumbai.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Caption: The actress looked ready for a workout session in her white ganji top which she paired with an orange sports bra.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Caption: She completed her look with white and black yoga pants.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Caption: Kiara accessorised her look perfectly with a pair of black sunnies and silver chappals.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Caption: The Kabir Singh actress looked radiant without any makeup on her face.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Tags: kiara advaniGym lookKabir SinghSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticlePhoto By: Yogen ShahShort description: Kiara Advani was recently spotted in Juhu, Mumbai. The actress looked ready to workout in her white ganji top with an orange sports bra and white and black yoga pants.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5cb5717f1a3481555394943_1502886_editCommentContent Publish date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 – 11:30Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NjciLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1ODkiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NjcifQ==770×433: Short Headline: Kiara Advani is a breath of fresh air in ganji top and orange sports bra for gymApp headline: Kiara Advani is a breath of fresh air in ganji top and orange sports bra for gymlast_img read more

Alfa Laval Secures Order for PureSOx Systems

first_imgzoom Alfa Laval has won an order to supply Alfa Laval PureSOx exhaust gas cleaning systems to the Dutch ship owner Spliethoff. The order is booked in the Marine & Offshore Systems segment and delivery is scheduled for 2014.The order includes Alfa Laval PureSOX exhaust gas cleaning systems for five vessels, to be retrofitted during 2014.Alfa Laval delivered its first PureSOX exhaust gas cleaning system to Spliethoff in 2012. Since then, the system has logged more than 7000 hours in compliance with IMO regulations for Emission Control Areas (ECAs).“This repeat order for our scrubber technology confirms that it is an attractive and proven solution for the reduction of sulphur oxides, be it for retrofits or for installation aboard new vessels,” says Lars Renström, President and CEO of the Alfa Laval Group.IMO’s convention for the reduction of sulphur oxides (SOX) will affect all vessels, both new and existing. The convention demands that sulphur emission levels in certain Emission Control Areas (ECAs) shall be cut to 0.1 percent from the year 2015 and that the global emission level must not exceed 0.5 percent from the year 2020.To reach these levels ship owners can either use more expensive low-sulphur fuel or, on vessels where it is suitable, continue to run the ship on heavy fuel oil and invest in a scrubber such as Alfa Laval’s PureSOX.Alfa Laval, December 6, 2013last_img read more

Merged entity of UBI PNB OBC to become operational from April 1

first_imgKolkata: The amalgamated entity of United Bank of India (UBI), Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) will come into effect from April 1 next year, a top official said on Saturday. The merged unit, likely to have a new name, will be the second largest bank in the country after State Bank of India (SBI) with a total business volume of Rs 18 lakh crore. “The amalgamation process will take some time and the new entity will start functioning from April 1, 2020,” MD and CEO of UBI, Ashok Kumar Pradhan, said. The three banks held a customer meet here, which was attended by Chander Khurana, GM of Punjab National Bank and Binay Kumar Gupta, GM of OBC. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe lenders said that there will no retrenchment of staff in the merged entity, and also ruled out the possibility of bringing in Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS). Pradhan later told reporters that the combined staff strength post the amalgamation will be 1 lakh with 11,400 branches. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had on August 30 announced the consolidation of 10 state-run banks into four large-scale lenders. Pradhan said the amalgamation process will require legal and regulatory compliances, besides approval of the three banks’ boards. “During the interim period, the three will continue to function independently,” he said. The government has already announced a capital infusion of Rs 16,000 crore into PNB and Rs 1,600 crore into UBI.last_img read more

A loss of trust after changes to Newfoundlands Gros Morne park

first_imgGROS MORNE, N.L. – Nicknamed the “Jewel of Newfoundland,” Gros Morne National Park is known for its breathtaking views, particularly from Western Brook Pond, where a three-kilometre trail leads to an inland fiord with sheer cliffs that rise 600 metres from the water.The hike and boat tour, which attracted 40,000 people last year, are well known as the park’s top attractions.However, some local residents are objecting to a recent decision by Parks Canada to upgrade the trail by replacing an iconic boardwalk with a gravel path that is as wide as a two-lane road. As well, plants that used to flourish beside of the trail have also been pulled away.Kathy Lepold-Madigan, originally from West Chester, Pa., moved to the nearby town of Woody Point with her husband Mike Madigan to be close to the park year-round.She says she was devastated by what she saw this summer on the trail.“I think the park has let us down,” said Madigan. “And when I say that, I mean they let Canada down, let Newfoundlanders down. It seems like the park has lost its view.”Online comments have poured in from former parks employees, guests and residents — all of them decrying the changes.Others say the upgrades appear aimed at boosting the number of visitors at the expense of the park’s ecological integrity.Carla Wheaton, visitor experience manager for Gros Morne, said the popularity of the boat tour and comments from visitors made the renovations a priority. The upgrades were intended to create more space for guests, she says.Wheaton said a series of open houses were held in May and June 2017 to share renovation plans with the public.“I guess we didn’t reach the people who are now feeling they didn’t have sufficient information prior to the project commencing,” she said.There’s also been confusion over the trail, which is now almost four times its original size.Parks Canada has said the trail expansion was meant to increase accessibility, but disability advocates were initially dismayed with the gravel path, saying it was less accessible than the boardwalk.Emily Christy, spokeswoman for the Coalition of Persons with Disabilities Newfoundland and Labrador, said Parks Canada has addressed her group’s concerns, saying the path will be flattened to improve accessibility.There are also plans for a shuttle to take guests to and from the boats. As well, there are plans to plant vegetation along the trail.“Ecological integrity does remain our priority, at the same time our mandate also provides for opportunities for Canadians to get out and experience national parks,” said Wheaton.A series of open houses are scheduled for the fall, inviting people to share their thoughts about the work done so far.Wheaton said sketches of the final plan for the trail will be made available at those meetings.But some critics, like Anne Marceau, a former Parks Canada employee, wonder why those sketches weren’t presented at the meetings in 2017, before work began.Marceau said the recent communication gaffes have damaged Parks Canada’s relationship with the public.“The loss of trust … it’s a bad consequence of all this,” said Marceau.Marceau said she was “heartbroken” by changes to the trail, but the outpouring of comments from people of all walks of life have showcased the passion locals have for their community’s treasures.“That’s the one thing that’s been interesting about this, to see just how many people out there who are saying ‘We care about this place, we love this place, we’re concerned.’”— By Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John’s, N.L.last_img read more

Prince Charles Is Joined By Duke And Duchess Of Sussex For 70th

first_imgThe Prince of Wales hosted a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the work of his Charities and Military Associations.Prince Of Wales 70th Birthday Patronage CelebrationCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukHis Royal Highness, accompanied by The Duchess of Cornwall, met a number of the 6,000 people who were invited from 386 of his Patronages and 20 of his Military Associations. A number of guests from the Police, Fire, Ambulance, Mountain Rescue, and RNLI also attended.The Prince of Wales is also Patron or President of over 420 charities. The oldest patronage being the Bath Preservation Trust, which The Prince has been Patron of since 1973.See the full list of The Prince’s Patronages.The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the celebration of The Prince’s Charitable work, with The Duke giving a speech:“You have inspired William and I, and looking out here today, it is clear to see that we are not alone. You have created an incredible body of work that has, and will continue to make such a huge difference to so many people’s lives.”For over 40 years His Royal Highness has been a leader in identifying charitable need and setting up and driving forward charities to meet it.The Prince of Wales carries out hundreds of engagements every year in support of both his, and others’, charities. Collectively The Prince of Wales’s charities raised more than £120 million annually to support The Prince of Wales’s charitable work in the UK and overseas.100 Cadets from Youth United helped with the day’s events. In 2009, passionate about youth social action and uniformed youth, His Royal Highness brought together heads of the Nation’s leading uniformed youth groups to form the first collaborative network for uniformed youth.A number of the cadets and emergency services personnel attending were first responders after the bombing at the Manchester Arena on 22nd May 2017. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Manchester Arena on 26th June 2017 to meet staff who were first on the scene immediately after the bombing.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more

Instagram expands hiding likes to make you happier

SAN FRANCISCO — Instagram is expanding a test to hide how many “likes” people’s posts receive as it tries to combat criticism that such counts hurt mental health and make people feel bad when comparing themselves to others.The Facebook-owned photo-sharing service has been running the test in Canada since May. Now, Facebook says the test has been expanded to Ireland, Italy, Japan, Australia, Brazil and New Zealand.Facebook typically tests new Facebook and Instagram features in smaller markets before bringing them to the U.S., if it ever does.People can still see how many people liked their own photos, but won’t see counts for other people’s posts. Rather, they could tap to see a list of all the accounts that liked the other posts, but would have to count the total manually.The Associated Press read more

BC wrestles with real estate taxes to cool rising housing prices

by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 18, 2016 4:24 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 18, 2016 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. wrestles with real estate taxes to cool rising housing prices VICTORIA – Real estate economists want British Columbia’s government to tax foreign property owners and speculators despite Finance Ministry forecasts that the province could lose $1 billion in sales and up to 4,000 construction jobs.Premier Christy Clark has said housing relief for first-time home buyers is a concern as the government prepares to deliver its budget next month, but she has shot down previous requests for speculation and luxury taxes on foreign investors to cool rising prices.Thomas Davidoff, a housing economist at the Sauder School of Business, said Monday real estate experts from B.C. universities and business schools have proposed a 1.5-per-cent tax on vacant residential properties to create more rental properties and increase affordability.The Housing Affordability Fund plan comes as rental-vacancy rates in Vancouver slipped below one per cent last year and the average selling price for a single-family home on the city’s west side is above $2.5 million.“Housing affordability is unquestionably an issue,” said Davidoff. “The premier has said it’s front and centre and she’s asked for a policy that doesn’t whack housing demand.”He said the affordability fund could generate up to $90 million in surcharges from vacant homeowners in Vancouver. Homeowners who rent or live in their homes and pay income tax will be able to write off the surcharge, Davidoff said.“If you are an investor you don’t have to pay the tax. All you have to do is turn your vacant unit into a rental unit, and voila, you get to claim the rental income as a credit against this surcharge. That’s a pretty strong incentive for people who want to invest here to turn vacant units into rental units.”Last June, the government rejected calls from Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson to levy speculation and luxury taxes on foreign owners and speculators as a way to keep prices from rising. But Clark turned down the plan, saying using taxes to drive down prices could hurt current homeowners by reducing their equity.A six-page Finance Ministry analysis concluded moves to cut foreign investment in B.C.’s housing market would have little impact on house prices because foreign home buyers comprise less than five per cent of the sales market in the Vancouver area.The analysis also concluded if home prices fell by 10 per cent due to policy measures, Greater Vancouver homeowners would lose about $60 billion in home equity, about $85,000 each.Last fall, Finance Minister Mike de Jong said the government was reviewing current thresholds for property-purchase tax levels and adjusting the $475,000 property-purchase tax exemption for first-time home buyers as potential housing-relief measures.B.C.’s current property-purchase tax is charged at a rate of one per cent for the first $200,000 of the sale price and two per cent for the remainder of the market value. The property-purchase tax on a property valued at $250,000 is $3,000.First-time B.C. home buyers are currently exempt from the property-purchase tax on homes valued up to $475,000.Davidoff said the transfer-tax plans do little to help people who can’t afford to buy and will likely push prices upwards.“What they are proposing is adding fuel to the fire,” he said. “They are adding demand for a fixed stock of housing. That raises the cost of housing.”Urban Development Institute president Anne McMullin said Vancouver needs to look at zoning and development-approval changes to ensure more duplexes and condominiums are built in urban areas.Davidoff called on Clark to convene a summit that brings together developers, politicians, academics and real estate officials to address housing affordability problems in B.C.Opposition New Democrat Leader John Horgan said Davidoff’s plan is fresh thinking the Clark government must consider. read more

Evan Turner injured taken to medical center

Junior guard Evan Turner was injured Saturday after falling to the floor after an attempted dunk in the first half of Ohio State’s game against Eastern Michigan. Turner left the floor under his own power, but was taken to the OSU Medical Center for precautionary x-rays on his lower back.Turner leads the Buckeyes in points, rebounds and assists per game.Stay tuned to for more information and coverage of the game.

Buckeyes focused on dualthreat quarterback Denard Robinson

As quarterback Denard Robinson goes, so goes Michigan’s offense. Robinson has accounted for 67 percent of his team’s total yards through 11 games this season. Limiting the Heisman contender will be the challenge for the Ohio State defense Saturday. “It’s going to be tough to game plan for him,” senior defensive end Cameron Heyward said. “I don’t know if there really is a weakness.” The difficulty comes from Robinson’s ability to beat you with his legs and his arm. The quarterback is the first player in NCAA history to have more than 1,500 yards passing and 1,500 yards rushing in the same season. The evolution of his passing game is what has OSU defenders worried this season. “You’ve got to watch out because he has turned out as a good passer,” defensive tackle Dexter Larimore said. “He has been able to throw down field like he hasn’t quite been able to in the past couple years.” That improvement has come from more repetitions and more thorough preparation by the sophomore signal caller. “You’ve got to be able to read everything and know where everybody is supposed to be at on the offense,” Robinson said at Michigan’s weekly press conference Monday. “I think that is pretty much what I learned this year.” The fact that Robinson has been able to put both facets of the game together makes him hard to duplicate on the scout team in practice. The Buckeyes have to use more than one player to mimic the Wolverine quarterback. “I’m sure we’ll get some of the wide outs in there doing part of it (and) the running backs,” coach Jim Tressel said. “It’s a tremendous challenge because it gives you all of the problems that a wildcat offense gives you with a great running back … (but) it has all the passing problems.” The Buckeyes will use different scout players to work on Robinson’s running and passing threats separately because it is “impossible to simulate him” in any other way, Tressel said. Unfortunately for OSU, the two skill sets will be combined this Saturday. To slow down Robinson’s dual-threat capabilities, the Buckeyes will have to stay disciplined. “We just have to play assignment football,” senior safety Jermale Hines said. If “guys stay home and guys do their job, everything should take care of itself.” Teammates agreed that a team approach will be essential this weekend. “I think the biggest thing is to be able to play as a team and be able to play a team defense because he’s probably going to make one guy miss or two guys miss,” Larimore said. Discipline aside, Buckeye players realize that completely stopping Robinson is not an option. “He is one of the best players in college football, so it is going to be a huge challenge for our defense,” senior linebacker Ross Homan said. “We know that he’s going to get yards on us, but we just can’t quit.” The ability to dictate how he gets those yards might be the key to beating the Wolverines. In Michigan’s four losses, Robinson has 185 yards rushing a game. That number falls to 138 yards a game in the team’s seven victories. Given this disparity, limiting the passing attack might be more important for the Silver Bullet defense. The players realize that to do so, they can’t let Robinson get off to a quick start. “He gets very hot very quick,” Heyward said. “We have to be ready for both the pass and the run, and he’s got so many different options on the team, it’s going to be tough to stop him.” No matter how they go about slowing down Robinson, OSU players know doing so is the only way to stop the Wolverine attack. “He is definitely what makes their offense go,” Homan said. read more

Pavel Atman to HC Meshkov Brest

Long story about the new European team of the Russian star, left back-playmaker Pavel Atman came to the end. Experienced playmaker who was the most interesting free agent in Europe in the last six months signed two years contract with the Belarrusian TOP team HC Meshkov Brest.Atman began season with RK Metalurg Skopje, where he made great progress and reached the EHF CL TOP 8 place in the last season, but financial troubles forced him to leave Macedonia in direction Qatar. He played in Qatar for El Jaish Sports Club.Meshkov Brest will have a new coach in the upcoming season – Sergei Bebeshko. ← Previous Story 3 IN – 3 OUT: PPD Zagreb seek new line player Next Story → THW Kiel to open 50th Bundesliga season against VfL Gummersbach in Dortmund! read more

CTran changes Route 47 stops

first_imgStarting Monday, C-Tran’s Route 47 will discontinue one Battle Ground bus stop and add a new one nearby.Route 47 also will take over four Clark College stops that have been served by Route 25.Due to limited access, buses will no longer pick up passengers in the parking lot near the ballpark off Fairgrounds Avenue (stop ID 6038) in Battle Ground. Buses will serve a new location, instead: one block west on Northeast Grace Avenue, just north of East Main Street. This will include a northbound stop and a southbound stop at that location.Additionally, on Monday, Route 47 will begin serving four stops on Fort Vancouver Way near Clark College in Vancouver that have been served by Route 25: Stop ID 2647 and Stop ID 972 northbound, and Stop ID 2104 and Stop ID 1033 southbound.More information will be posted at the affected locations. For questions or trip planning assistance, call C-TRAN at 360-695-0123.last_img read more

Claude Puel praises Claudio Ranieri

first_imgThe Leicester City manager has talked good things about the Italian boss of English Premier League club FulhamLeicester City and Fulham will face each other this weekend.And the current Foxes boss Claude Puel has praised the work his predecessor Claudio Ranieri, now with Fulham, made at the club.“He knows the situation in the Premier League, he knows the difficulties,” Puel told The Leicester Mercury.“Claudio is a true gentleman.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He has a lot of experience at other clubs, with different players, the culture,” he added.“It’s incredible he continues in this way – like a drug.”“Because he likes this, I don’t know if I’ll be managing at his age – but it is an example for a lot of other managers,” he explained.“In the Premier League, you can have managers with different philosophies, different styles of play.”last_img read more

Three judge hopefuls weigh in on issues at forum

first_imgThree Clark County judicial appointee applicants offered their opinions Monday about the judiciary’s role in addressing inequalities in the legal system, including a higher rate of the poor in the county jail and people who can’t afford to hire an attorney. The comments from Senior Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield and private attorneys Denise Lukins and Bob Vukanovich were part of a Clark County Bar Association forum for judicial appointee applicants and were elicited by questions from the audience and from people who electronically submitted questions to the bar association. The bar association also conducted a poll of its nearly 500 members about their first choice for Clark County’s next judge, whom Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled to appoint next month.“Obviously, the poll gives our community a voice, and it affects our community,” said bar association President Arin Dunn. It also gives voters and the governor information that they really wouldn’t obtain from any other source.”Banfield, Lukins, Vukanovich, Chief Deputy Prosecutor John Fairgrieve and attorney Christopher Ramsay have applied for the position. Judge Barbara Johnson — Clark County’s first female Superior Court judge — is retiring from the position March 31 after 28 years on the bench. Her successor will be required to seek election in November to complete the last two years of her four-year term.last_img read more