Body shaming leads to weight gain in kids

first_imgTeasing and bullying overweight children could act as a catalyst in further increasing their weight by 33 per cent, compared to obese kids who do not suffer body shaming, a study suggests. The findings, published in the journal Pediatric Obesity, appear to contradict the belief that such teasing might motivate youth to change their behaviour and attempt to lose weight. The study involved over 100 youths who were an average of 11.8 years of age when they enrolled, according to Natasha A. Schvey, Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University in the US. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveThe participants were either overweight (defined as a body mass index above the 85th percentile) when they began the study or had two parents who were overweight or obese. For the study, they completed a six-item questionnaire on whether they had been teased about their weight. They then participated in annual follow-up visits for the next 15 years. The researchers found that youth experiencing high levels of teasing gained an average of .20 kg per year more than those who did not. The research team theorises that weight-associated stigma may have made youths more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviours, such as binge eating and avoiding exercise. Another possible explanation is that the stress of being teased could stimulate the release of the hormone cortisol, which may lead to weight gain.last_img read more

Kolkata Police cracks down on waste burning

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police have issued a circular stating that from now on, burning of waste will be treated as a crime as per the law and offenders may get arrested. The circular has come into effect from Wednesday. According to sources, keeping the massive change in the climate in mind, the state Environment department and Pollution Control Board (PCB) had urged the police department to take action against the offenders who would be found burning waste materials. After being notified by the Environment department, senior officials of Kolkata Police discussed the matter and decided to publish the circular. According to the circular, from July 3 burning of any waste such as garbage, plastic, wood, bio-waste, electronic equipments, domestic wastes, husk, household waste, recyclable and non recyclable wastes, will be against the law. If any person is found burning the same, he/she may get arrested and face a trial eventually.last_img read more

David Garrett To Perform For Save The Music Foundation Students

first_imgOn Friday, June 8th, Juilliard trained Decca recording artist and internationally recognized violinist David Garrett will visit PS 58 in Brooklyn, NY, the original VH1 Save The Music Foundation grant recipient school.Lucky students will have the opportunity to play for Garrett and Foundation Executives before hearing a history of the Foundation’s origins at their school. Soon after, David Garrett will share his own musical background while instructing a master class to the students and playing a few of his songs for the group. During this unique experience, engaged students will have the opportunity to learn alongside Garrett.Winning over audiences since the release of his self-titled debut album in June 2009, David Garrettcomes full circle with his new classical recording, Legacy, to be released June 5th on Decca (along with stand-alone concert DVD Legacy Live). Both represent David’s successful dual career, bridging his crossover repertoire with his classical career that began at age 9 when he played his first symphony concerts, to later signing a deal with the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label at 14. Today, Garrett sells out concert halls around the world, and has had his own two successful U.S. PBS concert specials. His additional TV appearances have been on some of the biggest shows in America including “Dancing with the Stars” The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and among others. His road to the U.S. began when he fled Germany for New York City as a teen, and spontaneously auditioned and was accepted to the world famous Juilliard music school, studying under the legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman. Perlman said of Garrett, “He is a wonderful violinist with excellent technique and natural musicianship. He will always perform with artistry.” As a young student, Garrett also earned extra cash by moonlighting as a busboy and model, landing him in the pages of Vogue and the Fashion Week catwalks for Armani.The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. To date, the Foundation has raised $48 million for 1,800 public schools in over 100 cities, impacting the lives of more than 1.8 million students.Where:PS 58330 Smith StreetBrooklyn, NY 11231When:Friday, June 8th1:15PM-2:00PMlast_img read more

US productivity fell at sharp 3 per cent rate in Q4

US productivity fell at sharp 3 per cent rate in Q4 FILE – In this March 25, 2015, file photo, Willard Fenton-Miller polishes a Heritage guitar at a factory in Kalamazoo, Mich. On Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, the Labor Department issues preliminary data on productivity in the fourth quarter of 2015. (Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP) by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 4, 2016 6:34 am MDT Last Updated Feb 4, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. productivity fell sharply in the final three months of 2015, closing out a fifth straight year of weak gains in worker efficiency.The Labor Department said Thursday that productivity — the amount of output per hour of work — fell at an annual rate of 3 per cent in the fourth quarter. It was the biggest quarterly decline in nearly two years.Productivity last year edged up a slight 0.6 per cent after a tiny 0.7 per cent gain in 2014. It has been weak since 2011, a troubling development given that productivity is a key ingredient needed for rising living standards. Rising productivity enables businesses to pay employees higher wages without having to boost the cost of the products and services they sell.Labour costs rose 4.5 per cent in the fourth quarter but were up a more modest 2.4 per cent for the year.Economists said the new productivity report provides fresh evidence of a worrisome trend.“The biggest medium-term threat to the living standards of Americans is the chronic lack of productivity growth,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics.Inflation is muted at the moment, given the plunge in energy prices and the strength in the dollar. But he said those temporary factors will fade in coming months, which is likely to lead to higher inflation due to rising labour costs.“Unit labour costs are … mounting because firms are having to employ so much more labour to expand production,” he said.The Federal Reserve keeps watch on both productivity and labour costs as it deliberates how quickly it should raise interest rates to keep inflation under control. The Fed raised a key rate by a quarter-point in December, the first increase in nearly a decade. But weaker economic data and turbulent financial markets may reduce the number of rate hikes this year from what had been an expected four down to perhaps just two.Last week, the government reported that total output, as measured by the gross domestic product, slowed to a meagre 0.7 per cent growth rate in the fourth quarter. GDP had expanded at a faster 2 per cent rate in the July-September period.Productivity recently has been growing well below the 2.1 per cent average gains seen over the past 67 years. It had accelerated for a decade starting in 1995. Those gains were attributed to improvements in computer software and the introduction of technology that helped workers do their jobs more efficiently.Some economists believe the recent slowdown in productivity is partly the result of a drop in business investment in new equipment. They expect it to accelerate once business investment spending begins to increase at a faster clip. But other economists are worried that the country may be stuck in a prolonged period of weak productivity growth. read more

Markets Right Now SP 500 Nasdaq set new closing highs

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 24, 2017 7:43 am MDT Last Updated Jan 24, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4:00 p.m.An afternoon buying drive on Wall Street sent the Standard & Poor’s 500 index and the Nasdaq composite to all-time highs.The Dow Jones industrial average also rose Tuesday but not as much, leaving it short of a record and below the 20,000 mark it has hovered near for weeks.Materials companies rose more than the rest of the market. DuPont jumped 4.5 per cent after reporting earnings that easily beat analysts’ estimates.Banks also posted solid gains. Regions Financial rose 2.4 per cent.The S&P 500 rose 14 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 2,280.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 112 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 19,912. The Nasdaq rose 48 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 5,600.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.46 per cent. Markets Right Now: S&P 500, Nasdaq set new closing highs read more

Celtics Restore Order With Big Win In Philly

Paul Pierce was stellar for Boston.Just maybe all the talk about how old and decrepit the Boston Celtics are actually does inspire the crafty veterans. For, again, just when they looked too slow to keep pace with the younger, more athletic Philadelphia 76ers, they rallied around their savvy and experience and clobbered them Wednesday night.Sixteen-year veteran Kevin Garnett had 27 points and 13 rebounds as Boston made mince meat out of the Sixers, pounding them 107-91 in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. The Celtics recaptured the home-court advantage, leading the series now 2-1.”We just wanted to come out and establish who we are as a team,” said all-star forward Paul Pierce, who scored 24 points, 13 rebounds and back-to-back power dunks, despite playing on a creaky knee.Coach Doc Rivers said point guard Rajon Rondo established a victorious mindset at the morning shootaround, hours before the game. Rondo was focus and serious, and it carried over to his play. He had 23 points and 14 assists (and just one turnover).Garnett scored 13 of Boston’s 32 points in the second quarter as the Celtics gained separation. The first two games were each decided by one point. Not Wednesday. Garnett assured Boston would have an easy time of the Sixers, who just seemed overwhelmed by Boston’s execution and determination.Philadelphia got outrebounded by 11 and shot just 40 per cent from the floor. They get a chance to even the series in Game 4 on Friday. read more

Victorian election The Bentleigh seat

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Nick Staikos was born and raised in East Bentleigh. He attended school there, was baptised at the local Greek Orthodox church and has always been heavily involved with the Greek and non-Greek communities in the area.His mother immigrated to Australia from the Aegean island of Samos in the 1960s, whilst his father came from the mainland town of Nafpaktos in the 1970s. When Staikos was 19 he was elected to the Glen Eira Council, where his life as an elected official commenced. For Staikos, his community and values are two very important elements he holds when campaigning for the seat of Bentleigh. “I’ve always been active in my local community and for me community activism and politics goes hand in hand. I have strong Labor values. Values of a fair go, strong Labor values of public education, public health – the things that are often taken for granted, but that Labor fought hard over many years to achieve,” he says. And his Greek heritage is something that he is proud of. He believes that a connection between Greek Australians and the Australian Labor Party was established from the early days of Greek migration to Australia, especially when Gough Whitlam was the prime minister of the country.“I think Greeks have a lot of respect for Gough Whitlam. Certainly my grandfather used to call Gough Whitlam o levendis. His grandfather was proud that Gough Whitlam was prime minister of this country because he was not just a leader for Anglo-Australians, he was very much a prime minister for new Australians as well. “So I’ve always held those strong Labor values from my family,” says Nick Staikos.Despite trends that suggest second and third generation Greek Australians are moving beyond traditional Labor means of voting, he argues that the party continues to be one for them. “We must never forget where we came from. We must consider what sort of society we want to be a part of, and in my view that is a society that looks after people that need to be looked after, that treats education and health as fundamental human rights regardless of your ability to pay. That is certainly a society I want to be a part of.”His own policies centre on health, education and public transport. “The last four years of the Baillieu and Napthine government have been a disaster for Victoria. These four years have seen the government break its promise for 800 new beds in our hospital system.”“The other thing they have done is halve the funding to schools, the funding to rebuild schools, which has meant that those schools which are ageing and need to be rebuilt are not being rebuilt. They’ve cut $300 million from our taxes which means that young people are finding it harder to get the training they need to get a decent job. “And another thing that they are doing now is that they have a rail plan which is disastrous for Bentleigh because it means you won’t be able to catch a train at any station on the Frankston line, including Bentleigh to Flinders Street.”Staikos is of the opinion that the November 29 election is an opportunity for Victorians to pressure the Federal Abbott Government into rethinking some of its policies, particularly its budget measures in May.“One of the most important things is this – Denis Napthine is the number one supporter of Prime Minister Tony Abbott. They’re both Liberal and Tony Abbott is a prime minister who is cutting pensions and is imposing a $7 GP tax. “Now we need a premier of Victoria that will stand up to Tony Abbott – that is not Denis Napthine, they’re mates. In my view the Premier of Victoria that will stand up to Tony Abbott is Daniel Andrews.“We’re going to take the fight up to him on all of these issues – when it comes to pensions, when it comes to students. Just today (Thursday) Daniel Andrews has announced that a Victorian Labor Government will introduce laws to overcome the watering down of the anti-racial discrimination laws that the Abbott government is introducing.”The seat of Bentleigh was won by the now State Liberal MP Elizabeth Miller by less than a one per cent margin, and that is something that Staikos is not taking lightly. “I think it will be a tight race because Bentleigh is one of those seats where it is usually a tight race. I don’t take anything for granted, I will be chasing after every last vote, I will be trying to earn the trust of every resident of the Bentleigh electorate, so I don’t take anything for granted.”He opts to combine traditional and contemporary measures to broadcast his messages throughout his election campaign. He believes that there is not one method “that works in isolation”, rather it is built on different methods that include door knocking, talking to his constituents on the streets and convening street stalls, and also using social media. But he warned that unless there is a worthy message with a strong policy layout involved, something he is confident he has achieved, then campaigning becomes completely ineffective.last_img read more

Original Apple Shows We Want to See

first_imgStay on target Forget ABC, CBS, and NBC. The big TV networks of our glorious new digital future are streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. The original shows people can’t stop talking about, from Orange is the New Black to Transparent, are on the internet, not cable. You know who is feeling left out of this future? Apple. And considering glorious new digital futures are pretty much that company’s whole shtick, that’s about to change.Last week news broke that Apple is planning to offer Apple Music subscribers original video content by the end of this year. Apparently, the company has recruited Hollywood talent to develop new movies and TV shows. It already bought James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” late-night segment with celebrity guest hosts like Will Smith, Alicia Keys, and famous Final Fantasy character Ariana Grande. This will be perfect content for your Apple TV or your Apple flat screen television that will never exist, or for kids in the back of your Apple Car.Apple is one of the strongest brands in the business, and it got that way through very careful curation of its image. Any original Apple shows would have to be in line with that image. With that in mind, here are some original Apple shows we’d like to see. Please note that you can only listen to these shows with Lightning headphones.The Dr. Dre HourWhen Apple bought Beats for billions, it made legendary hip-hop artist Dr. Dre an Apple employee. So they might as well use him. Instead of limiting Dre to Apple Music radio shows, put a camera on him and broadcast it. It’ll be refreshing compared to the rest of Apple’s… softness.The Joy of Industrial DesignIf the resurgence of Bob Ross on Twitch and Netflix has taught us anything, it’s that people love watching soft-spoken Zen art masters show off their craft on streaming video. Jony Ive’s calm descriptions of new Apple products are already the highlights of the company’s keynotes. Just expand them to full, totally relaxing technology shows.A Live Feed of Steve Jobs’s TombNever forget.Mad MoneyApple loves to tell people how well it’s doing financially. Hiring Jim Cramer to do it full time on TV seems like a logical next step.Movies Edited With Final CutBefore Final Cut X ruined everything. Final Cut was the premiere software for professional video editors. Now it’s Premiere. Tons of Hollywood movies have been edited using various versions of Final Cut. If Apple can lay claim to them, that’d be a nice catalog to pad out the lineup.Pirates of Silicon Valley: The ShowOn TV these days you’ll find a lot of prestige period dramas (Mad Men, Halt and Catch Fire) as well as TV shows based on old movies for some reason (Lethal Weapon, Training Day). With a Pirates of Silicon Valley TV show, Apple could have both. The original TV movie was already the best film exploring the relationship between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. A show would just have even more room to make that intensely compelling story even richer. Also, find a new role for Noah Wyle.A Pixar CollaborationApple and Pixar already have history. Steve Jobs played a key role in funding the acclaimed animation studio as an independent company. Until now Pixar has just focused on feature films for Disney, increasing its output to two films a year. But if it keeps growing, a TV show wouldn’t be out of the question, and Apple is probably one of the few companies that could afford it.Hair Force One with Craig FederighiCraig Federighi is Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. But that’s not what really matters about him. Look at that hair! Tell me you wouldn’t watch a show about that hair. Don’t kid yourself. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week last_img read more

Gonner is Tim Burtons Super Meat Boy

first_imgStay on target If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.Oh boy, here I go covering a roguelike again! But you know what? This odyssey into the indie games on Nintendo Switch That Aren’t Zelda but are roguelikes hasn’t been nearly as painful as I would’ve have expected given my apathy for the genre. In fact, I just don’t tolerate Gonner, I really like it. This is mostly because its roguelike elements are relatively sidelined and elegantly woven into a genre I actually enjoy: a tight 2D platformer.Gonner is a tough game with procedurally generated environments. So you’ll be looking at similar things pretty frequently. Fortunately, the game’s art style, while lacking in variety, is striking from the start and stays that way throughout repeated playthroughs. You play as a cute little sketchy skeleton jumping his way through a dark, scratchy, minimalist hellscape to reunite with your whale friend. It’s a kind of macabre adorable that Tim Burton used to excel at, or a shadowy somber counterpoint to the bright and hyperactive Super Meat Boy.The Super Meat Boy comparisons extend to the gameplay as well. Being a roguelike, Gonner is brutally difficult, with overwhelming enemies and bosses to learn and overcome. But the controls feel pitch-perfect, making mistakes your fault. The jumps and double-jumps and sliding wall jumps are super smooth. Jumping off one enemy’s head and shooting another with a shotgun in one fluid motion (kind of like Downwell, too) is a regular, satisfying occurrence.The levels assemble themselves into mildly different labyrinths on the fly, another cool aesthetic trick, so you can only see so much of the layout at a time. Gonner is more about mastering the controls so you can handle any situation you suddenly find yourself in. Aside from set daily challenges, memorizing levels isn’t the point. Fortunately, the controls are rich enough to be worth trying to master.The real key to getting the most out of Gonner is engaging with the combo system. While the game is hard, it’s not too hard if you carefully, slowly work your way through each stage fighting enemies when you know you’ll be safe. But you won’t earn any points that way. If you quickly kill five enemies in a row, you’ll earn a glyph that starts multiplying your score. Mowing down foes as fast as you can is already fun. The prize just adds another incentive. But if you’re too slow the combo resets, so there’s pressure as well. Pressure can either push you to dynamically think fast and instinctively perform at your best or cause you to recklessly screw up. The tense test of reflexes is utterly addictive in either short portable bursts or marathon “just one more run” sessions.Glyphs also serve as currency, adding to the risk-reward element of gathering them. In-between runs, you can visit Death itself to buy new items, and praise the sun because unlike in most roguelikes you keep the weapons you buy after you die. Who knew real progression was a good thing? Items are fairly balanced, offering some enticing new power at the expense of something else.One skull head keeps your body together, so you don’t fall apart after each hit or recollect yourself before proceeding. But its base health is lower. One backpack may give you rapid-fire shooting, but reloading is tougher. And a shotgun may take down enemies with one blast, but the smaller clip may limit your combo potential from further distances. I stuck with some loadouts more than others, but you’ll always want to buy and try new things, or search for them in secret rooms outside the shop.To me, Gonner is just a slight but really stylish, sort of endless 2D platformer with an awesome shoot ‘em up kind of combo system. It’s got roguelike elements for sure, but it has enough persistence and consistently enjoyable mechanics to mitigate most of my issues with the genre. This is the kind of death I could live for.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch AccessoriesView as: One Page Slides1/51. Gonner is a punishing, procedurally generated 2D platformer with roguelike elements.2. Purchase weapons (and keep them after death!) to make your journey more manageable. 3. Going through Hell is totally worth if it means reuniting with your nice whale friend.4. Stomp, shoot, and kill enemies as quickly as possible to earn glyphs and multiply your score. 5. You’ll die a lot, but that’s okay. You and Death are tight.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball FormSNES Games Officially Come to Nintendo Switch last_img read more

Elon Musk to face trial over pedo claim against rescue diver

first_img Tags Tech Industry Roadshow 4 Comments Elon Musk is headed to court. Joshua Lott / Getty Images Elon Musk is headed to court in October over comments he made about a British diver who helped rescue a boys soccer team trapped in a Thai cave.In July, the Tesla CEO called Vernon Unsworth, who assisted in the rescue, a “pedo guy” on Twitter after the diver criticized Musk’s proposed submarine rescue plan. Unsworth sued Musk in September for defamation.In a court order filed Friday, US District Judge Stephen Wilson denied Musk’s attempt to dismiss the defamation case and set a trail date for Oct. 22. The Verge earlier reported on the court order.”The significance of the ruling is clear: publication of accusations on Twitter does not provide a safe harbor for defamatory statements that are false and convey that they are factual,” said L. Lin Wood, Unsworth’s attorney, in an emailed statement Friday.Musk’s lawyers had argued that statements made on “unmoderated internet forums” like Twitter are considered opinion because “internet speech is unique,” according to the court order. Wilson rejected those arguments. The judge pointed to an email Musk sent to BuzzFeed, in which he told a reporter to “stop defending child rapists” and made an unsubstantiated claim that Unsworth moved to Thailand to marry a 12-year-old child bride, according to the court order.”There is nothing about the context in which [Musk ]made the statements…that would create doubt as to whether [Musk’s] statements implied assertions of objective fact,” Wilson wrote. The judge also pointed to the fact that Musk followed up with his initial tweet about Unsworth by adding “Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true,” indicating he believed the veracity of his statement.Tesla didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.You can read the court document below: Share your voice Elon Musk Teslalast_img read more

TPCC 3rd Core Committee meeting deferred

first_imgHyderabad: The Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee’s Core Committee meeting which was proposed to be held in the second week of this month has been deferred due to various reasons. Sources in the party said that the meeting may be held after the celebration of former Prime Minister Hans News Service Hyderabad: The Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee’s Core Committee meeting which was proposed to be held in the second week of this month has been deferred due to various reasons. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us Sources in the party said that the meeting may be held after the celebration of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s 75th birth anniversary on August 20. Most likely the meeting may be held in the last week of this month. The TPCC has proposed two months ago to hold Core Committee meetings every month at various district headquarters or important cities and towns of the State to rejuvenate the party workers. Also Read – Car mechanic held in Hyderabad for killing Class 10 girl in Jadcherla Advertise With Us The first meeting was held at Nagarjunasagar in the last week of June. The second meeting was held at Sangareddy during last month. The third meeting was proposed at Mahbubnagar in the first week of this month. However, it did not take place. Party leaders said the third meeting was postponed as TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy who was also Member of Parliament was in Delhi to attend Parliament sessions and party activities. The Parliament sessions have ended on August 6 and he was asked to attend the AICC meeting on Article 370 two days after that. Advertise With Us Later, the AICC has taken up the election of party president post on August 10. With this the Core Committee meeting was postponed, party leaders said. The TPCC is yet to decide the date of the meeting. On the other hand, few party leaders said the Core Committee meeting was intended to discuss the preparedness of the party for the municipal elections. The TPCC thought that the municipal polls would be held in August first week and tried to prepare the party’s rank and file in this direction. However, the polls have been deferred due to the hearing on the cases filed against them in the court. The hearing would take place on August 20 and unless court clears the matter, it would not be possible to hold the elections to the municipalities and to the corporations. The TPCC leadership which expected municipal polls in this month now has its fingers crossed on the schedule of the elections. They have been expecting that the polls would be held in first week of September. The other reason to defer the Core Committee meeting was celebration of Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary. Since the next birth anniversary would be 75th one, the Congress is planning weeklong celebrations. Several programmes have been planned and the TPCC is eager to hold the celebrations on a large scale. The party’s leaders and workers have been told to make good arrangements for the programme. ‘s 75th birth anniversary on August 20. Most likely the meeting may be held in the last week of this month. The TPCC has proposed two months ago to hold Core Committee meetings every month at various district headquarters or important cities and towns of the State to rejuvenate the party workers. The first meeting was held at Nagarjunasagar in the last week of June. The second meeting was held at Sangareddy during last month. The third meeting was proposed at Mahbubnagar in the first week of this month. However, it did not take place. Party leaders said the third meeting was postponed as TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy who was also Member of Parliament was in Delhi to attend Parliament sessions and party activities. The Parliament sessions have ended on August 6 and he was asked to attend the AICC meeting on Article 370 two days after that. Later, the AICC has taken up the election of party president post on August 10. With this the Core Committee meeting was postponed, party leaders said. The TPCC is yet to decide the date of the meeting. On the other hand, few party leaders said the Core Committee meeting was intended to discuss the preparedness of the party for the municipal elections. The TPCC thought that the municipal polls would be held in August first week and tried to prepare the party’s rank and file in this direction. However, the polls have been deferred due to the hearing on the cases filed against them in the court. The hearing would take place on August 20 and unless court clears the matter, it would not be possible to hold the elections to the municipalities and to the corporations. The TPCC leadership which expected municipal polls in this month now has its fingers crossed on the schedule of the elections. They have been expecting that the polls would be held in first week of September. The other reason to defer the Core Committee meeting was celebration of Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary. Since the next birth anniversary would be 75th one, the Congress is planning weeklong celebrations. Several programmes have been planned and the TPCC is eager to hold the celebrations on a large scale. The party’s leaders and workers have been told to make good arrangements for the programme.last_img read more

National Poetry Month Killdeer By Nick Flynn

first_imgKilldeerYou know how it pretendsto have a broken wing tolure predators away from itsnest, how it staggers just out ofreach? If, at this moment,you’re feeling metaphorical,nest can be the whateverinside us that we think needsprotection, the whatever that issmall & hasn’t yet found itsway. Like us, it has lived so longon scraps, on what others haveleft behind, it thinks it could liveon air, on words, forever almost,it thinks it would be better to letthe predator kill it than to turnits back on that child again,forgetting that one lives insidethe other. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: In this sound portrait, we meet poet Nick Flynn. He talks about his relationship to poetry, how poems can activate deep emotional states and writing as a child. He reads his poem, “Killdeer.”Nick Flynn has worked as a ship’s captain, an electrician and a caseworker with homeless adults. He is the author of 11 books, and his work has been translated into 15 languages. His honors include two PEN prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship and finalist for France’s Prix Femina. He served as executive producer and artistic collaborator on the 2012 Focus Features film, Being Flynn, based on his memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. Dividing his time between Houston and Brooklyn, he is a professor in the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, where he is in residence each spring. His forthcoming book, I Will Destroy You, will be published this fall by Graywolf Press. Xcenter_img This poem is reprinted with permission of the author.Music used: Seven League Boots (excerpt), Zinc (excerpt) and Hello Night (excerpt) by Zoë Keating from Into the TreesTo learn more about this series, go here. Geordie WoodNick Flynn Listen 00:00 /06:39last_img read more

Govt aiming to eradicate child labour says Moloy Ghatak

first_imgKolkata: State Labour minister Moloy Ghatak on Tuesday said the state government is gradually moving towards eradicating child labour in the state.”Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, right from the day she took guard of the state in 2011, has brought in a number of people friendly schemes that cover a child’s right from his/her birth to death. Almost the entire population of the state is reaping benefits of these schemes initiated by the Chief Minister in some way or the other. Education is free in the state schools. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBooks, exercise books, dress and even shoes are being provided at free of cost.The number of drop outs have come down drastically. This has contributed in bringing down child labour and the way we are progressing, it will come down to zero in the next few years,” Ghatak said at a programme to mark the occasion of World ChildLabour Day.It may be mentioned that the Centre has acknowledged the role played by Bengal in eradicating the instances of child labour. A report presented by the concerned Union Minister in Parliament on March 27 states that over the last three years there has been an appreciative decrease in crimes related to child labour only in Bengal. The State-wise list of the number of crimes concerned with child labour from 2014 to 2016 was presented, according to which, during this period, the law has been moved against only 42 people Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedin Bengal. Significantly, during the above-mentioned period, there have been 1,131 operations in the state to rescue children illegally engaged in labour. “The emphasis of the government has been to render all possible assistance to those who hail from the economically weaker section. The Samajik Suraksha Yojana (SSY) scheme is a major stride in this matter,” the minister said.The department has set a target to include 1.2 crore beneficiaries within the schemes, aiming to provide income security and various social benefits to the people engaged in unorganised sectors.last_img read more

Lightning strike kills cow in Ladysmith

first_imgAccording to bystanders, a cow walking near the dump yard allegedly collapsed as a lightning strike hit the ground near it on Monday (October 9) during a thunderstorm.It is unclear if the cow was hit or died of fright. Residents from the area say that before the storm, the cow was alive and walking around.After the storm, the cow was found dead.On Tuesday, the cow’s carcass was still there and had not been removed.Also read: Watch: Cow trapped in mud and water near Protea Bridge, LadysmithResidents say that some people from the area tried to remove the cow, but failed and the carcass was left where it lay. Residents ask why so many cattle are roaming around the residential area, and what can be done to have the cattle removed.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Tours Chanteclercs first English brochure features Tahiti

first_img Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Tags: Tahiti Tours Chanteclerc’s first English brochure features Tahiti Posted by Sharecenter_img Travelweek Group MONTREAL — Tours Chanteclerc has launched its first English-language brochure, ‘Island Dreams’ with a focus on Tahiti.The brochure includes a group section with departures from $4,999 per person including taxes from L.A. An early booking promotion is available on these programs until Aug. 31.The brochure also features several hotel chains and island combinations. Clients can also add excursion packages to complete their trip to Tahiti. There are also 14-day Marquesas Islands cruises onboard passenger freighter Aranui 5.Tours Chanteclerc’s Evelyn Cassis, “well-known in the travel industry for her love for Tahiti, dedication and expertise”, can be reached at ecassis@tourschanteclerc.com.To ensure a presence in the English market, Tours Chanteclerc has also added Fred Heinrich to its team. Heinrich, a 40-year veteran in the travel industry and expert in French Polynesia, will be taking care of travel agencies in Ontario and the Maritimes. He can be reached at fheinrich@tourschanteclerc.comTo order the English-language brochure send an email with your details to info@tourschanteclerc.com. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Gas pumps to stop sales nationwide

first_imgNo related posts. The Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) said on Tuesday that it will enforce its decision to lower gas prices this week.Gas station owners oppose the price decrease, and on Monday, José Miguel Masís, president of the Chamber of Fuel Businesses, said they will completely close stations across the country in coming hours if the decrease takes effect.ARESEP rejected an appeal filed by gas stations owners and warned they might lose their license if they stop selling fuel. Gas stations are obliged by law to provide the service continuously.An ARESEP law states that “failure to comply with permit conditions is enough reason to revoke the license.”ARESEP approved a ₡6 decrease in the per-liter price of super and diesel gasoline, and of ₡5 for plus gasoline. The decrease was already sent for publication Friday in the official newspaper La Gaceta, and will go into effect the next day.Updated March 20. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Arsonists blamed in major fire in central Spain

first_img Top Stories In Serbia, emergency official Predrag Maric said 10,000 acres (4,050 hectares) of forest have been destroyed in the past few weeks as the country was hit by more than 200 fires.“Huge damage has been done, forests cannot be replaced easily and quickly,” he said.But Maric said the only big fire still not fully under control was on Mount Tara in central Serbia.In neighboring Croatia, the army joined firefighters in battling dozens of wildfires but strong winds hampered their efforts. Some 120 workers were trying to tame a fire that was approaching homes near Rudine, close to the coastal city of Split.“The situation is serious,” firefighter commander Milivoj Taslak said. Two special aircraft and one helicopter had joined the firefighting efforts.Authorities in Montenegro were battling over 60 fires but rain had helped those efforts.___Jovana Gec from Belgrade and Amer Cohadzic from Sarajevo contributed to this report(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Associated PressMADRID (AP) – Arson was suspected in a wildfire that forced the evacuation of 2,000 people just west of Madrid, while firefighters in Bosnia used military helicopters Tuesday to battle blazes there.A fire affecting three towns near the Spanish capital was started in six points almost simultaneously, indicating it was arson, regional justice department chief Regina Planol told Cadena SER radio.She called it “environmental terrorism” and urged residents to help police catch those responsible. Sponsored Stories Alvaro Santamaria, the mayor of Valdemaqueda, one of the affected towns, said the fire came as close as 100 meters (yards) but firefighters were confident it could be brought under control Tuesday.No one was injured and those evacuated were expected to return later in the day.Spanish National Television said some 20 square kilometers (8 square miles) of land have burned. In all, Spain has seen 1,500 square kilometers (580 square miles) of land hit by nearly 12,000 wildfires this year _ more than triple the amount burned last year.Labor unions say Spanish government cutbacks have led to a lack of resources to help firefighters battle blazes.In southern Bosnia, military helicopters were sent in to help villagers and firefighters battling devastating wildfires in a region that has seen record high temperatures and no rain.Pero Pavlovic, spokesman for the regional Civil Protection Agency, said the most critical situation Tuesday was around Glogosnica, where two blazes were creeping down inaccessible mountain slopes toward the village.Wildfires were also burning near the Bosnian towns of Trebinje, Gacko, Nevesinje and Mostar and in other Balkan countries, including Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Quick workouts for menlast_img read more

Trio of Industry Organisations presents Australian Event Symposium 201

first_imgSource = Australian Event Symposium The Australian Centre for Event Management (ACEM), International Special Events Society (ISES) and Australian Event Awards, have today announced that they will join forces to present the 2012 Australian Event Symposium at Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre. The Symposium will be staged on September 13 and 14 and will incorporate:– The ISES Australasia Conference for Event Practitioners – The ACEM International Event Research Symposium – The Event Education & Research Network Australasia Forum – The Australian Event Awards Industry Night of Nights The parties are now calling for expressions of interest from the national and international events community to present papers at the Symposium. “This is a rare opportunity to explore excellence in event delivery from all angles – to consider cutting-edge research, hear from the best practitioners from around the world and also to learn from the experiences of colleagues from across all event sectors and from around Australia,” said Jennifer Trethewey, Australasian Chair of ISES. The organisations have indicated that their shared interest lies in the development of excellence in the events industry. “It’s that focus that draws us together,” said Rob Harris, Director of ACEM, “a shared belief that while Australians are really good at staging excellent events, we can always learn more and do better. Combining the research and educational capacity of ACEM, the only international industry body for special events in ISES and the Event Award – the symbol of excellence in practice – allows us to present material and insights that are quite unique.” More details on the Symposium program will be released shortly, and will be available on the Symposium website. To suggest a topic, present a paper or suggest a speaker, visit the website and click “Make a Suggestion”.last_img read more

SwissBelhotel International continues expansion in Saudi Arabia

first_imgSwiss-Belhotel International continues expansion in Saudi ArabiaContinuing its expansion in Saudi Arabia, Swiss-Belhotel International (SBI) has signed Swiss-Belhotel and Suites Jazan. The announcement was made by Mr Laurent A. Voivenel, Senior Vice President, Operations and Development for the Middle East, Africa and India, Swiss-Belhotel International. Featuring 210 keys, the upscale 4-star property is owned by Cardamom International Property Management LLC and is superbly located in the port city of Jazan with direct access to the beach.Swiss-Belhotel and Suites Jazan enjoys close proximity to Red Sea coast merely 20 minutes’ drive from Jazan regional airport. Boasting 210 keys including 140 well-appointed rooms and 70 studios plus apartments, the hotel is being designed to cater to a diverse mix of travellers. Included in its extensive facilities will be an array of business and lifestyle features making it the ideal address for both corporate and leisure guests. On site are four dining outlets, a spectacular ballroom and three meeting rooms, a health club with steam and sauna and a swimming pool. Among these a key highlight is the beautiful marina and restaurant on the beach that will be exclusively dedicated for the hotel guests.Mr Nawaf bin Mansour bin Saleh Al Sharif, Owner of Cardamom International Property Management, stated, “We are delighted to collaborate once again with Swiss-Belhotel International and are confident together we will make Swiss-Belhotel and Suites Jazan a preferred choice for residents and travellers to Jazan. It is a market that is currently under supplied in terms of hotels and is, therefore, projected to show strong growth in the near future and we are keen to take advantage of this massive opportunity.”Mr Gavin M. Faull, Chairman and President of Swiss-Belhotel International, said, “As part of our global expansion strategy, we are dedicated to enter new markets and particularly excited about our debut in Jazan with a reputable partner like Cardamom International Property Management. Jazan is witnessing major economic development in KSA and we believe our brand will be ideally placed to cater to the needs of travellers to the city with an exceptional property like Swiss-Belhotel and Suites Jazan.”Mr Voivenel, stressed, “We are delighted to expand our footprint in Saudi Arabia strengthening further our relationship with Cardamom International Property Management LLC with whom we had recently signed Swiss-Belhotel Al Aziziya Makkah. The new agreement demonstrates the confidence of the owners in the strength of Swiss-Belhotel International brand. Jazan City is a significant market with a growing demand for hotels. The development of Swiss-Belhotel and Suites Jazan will enable us to cater to travellers looking for quality accommodation with world-class facilities at a great value”.Saudi Arabia currently has the most hotel rooms under construction in the Middle East and North Africa, with 36,742 keys in 85 projects. In addition to massive development of hotels, the Saudi government is investing in major infrastructure projects to grow tourism. Jazan has got some of the largest and most significant infrastructure projects in the country worth billions of dollars including Saudi Aramco’s 400,000 bpd refinery with associated terminal facilities on the Red Sea.To find out more about Swiss-Belhotel International CLICK HEREAbout Swiss-Belhotel InternationalSwiss-Belhotel International currently manages a portfolio of more than *145 hotels, resorts and projects located in China, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Australia, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Georgia, Turkey and Tanzania. Awarded Indonesia’s Leading Global Hotel Chain for six consecutive years, Swiss-Belhotel International is one of the world’s fastest-growing international hotel and hospitality management groups. The Group provides comprehensive and highly professional development and management services in all aspects of hotel, resort and serviced residences. Offices are located in Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, United Arab Emirates.Source = Swiss-Belhotel and Suites Jazanlast_img read more