Focus of Pakistan aid efforts swing to areas of return reports UN

4 September 2009The massive emergency aid effort in north-west Pakistan has shifted focus from areas hosting civilians displaced by the Government’s military operation against militants to places of return, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today. The massive emergency aid effort in north-west Pakistan has shifted focus from areas hosting civilians displaced by the Government’s military operation against militants to places of return, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.OCHA reported that some 1.6 million – of the over 2 million – who fled the armed clashes in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) have now returned to their homes in Swat, Buner, Dir and Shangla districts.NWFP authorities have asked the World Food Programme (WFP) to feed almost 400,000 people in the Swat district, who stayed behind during the military operation, and another 224,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have returned.In addition, the international aid community intends to increase the number of humanitarian hubs in Swat, Buner and Bajaur from 14, while hubs in the areas which hosted the majority of IDPs are being closed.OCHA stressed that there is an urgent need to provide school supplies for the new school year, especially school tents, until pre-fabricated shelters arrive for some 525 schools in Swat and 15 in Buner. read more

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Donors give nearly 375 million to UN emergency relief fund

Donors pledged nearly $375 million today to the United Nations fund that ensures that humanitarian workers can quickly begin saving lives when a crisis strikes.The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has disbursed more than $2 billion in assistance since it was launched in 2006, making it the world’s largest source of humanitarian funding.Managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the fund has enabled the fast delivery of life-saving assistance to people affected by natural disasters and other crises in some 80 countries over the past five years. “CERF is a United Nations success story,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the start of the pledging conference held at UN Headquarters. “It is flexible, and responsive to the needs of people. It provides a service, with low costs, that would otherwise not exist. And it has a clear, measurable impact.”This year about $400 million has been disbursed by the fund to help some 29 million people across 45 countries, including for UN efforts to overcome the Horn of Africa crisis, the drought in Niger and the floods in Central America.Mr. Ban noted that many, both in the developing and developed worlds, are facing financially difficult times, and it is essential that every dollar spent on humanitarian aid is spent to maximum effect.“Money given to CERF is money well spent,” he told the representatives from governments, the private sector and civil society. “It is guaranteed to go to the people who need it most, in time to make a difference.”Several Member States – including Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Indonesia, Norway, Sweden, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the United Kingdom – announced increases to their 2012 pledges.Denmark became one of the largest donors after it announced it would double its contribution to nearly $18 million. There were also two new donors, Uruguay and Niger, which brings the total number of donors to 46 countries.In the last six years, a total of 126 States and observers, as well as some 30 public and private donors, have contributed to the fund. “I thank Member States for their strong support, which underscores their continued belief in CERF, and will enable us to help even more people in need,” said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, who also chaired the pledging conference. 16 December 2011Donors pledged nearly $375 million today to the United Nations fund that ensures that humanitarian workers can quickly begin saving lives when a crisis strikes. read more

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Coping with the deep freeze

For the second consecutive day much of Canada – including all of Southern Ontario – is gripped in a deep freeze causing public health units to maintain cold weather alerts.In many communities including Toronto, Hamilton, Halton and Niagara regions, temperatures dipped below minus 20, feeling like minus 30 with the wind chill.Everyone is reminded that exposed flesh can freeze within minutes, so it’s recommended to limit the time spent outside for both people and pets. Cold-related injuries can be avoided by covering exposed skin; wearing a hat, because up to 40 per cent of body heat loss can occur through the head; and wearing gloves or mittens; and a scarf to protect the chin, lips, and cheeks. The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends keeping children indoors if the temperature falls below minus 25 celsius.Video: Phil Perkins finds out how Hamiltonians are coping with the deep freeze read more

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Focus on the Markets

Focus on the Markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 26, 2012 4:18 pm MDT TORONTO – The Dow Jones industrial average lost 24.49 points to 13,114.59.The Nasdaq composite index fell 22.44 points to 2,990.16.The New York Mercantile Exchange, gold futures price for February advanced one dollar, 20 cents U-S to 1,660 dollars, 70 cents an ounce.The crude contract for February rose two dollars, 37 cents to 90 dollars, 98 cents per barrel.7Canadian markets are closed for Boxing day and will resume trading on Thursday.(The Canadian Press, The Associated Press)—JDT

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Fleming shows interest in New Zealand T20 role

Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming would be keen to work with the national T20 side if there was a push to restructure the coaching set-up to reduce Mike Hesson’s workload.Stephen FlemingFleming, who coaches in the IPL and Big Bash League, also put forward the name of Daniel Vettori – another who now works in the T20 format – but made clear he remained impressed by Hesson’s achievements. However, he believes that the packed international schedule will eventually lead to more specialised coach appointments.Simon Doull, the former New Zealand paceman, recently suggested that Hesson – and captain Kane Williamson – should move aside from the T20 international game, while England coach Trevor Bayliss said he would not have a problem if the coaching roles in his team were split.“It’s based on my passion and love for New Zealand cricket,” Fleming told Trackside Radio. “I’ve got a very good relationship with Craig McMillan [the current batting coach] and spend a lot of time talking to him about where the game is going and what he sees. So I enjoy passing on that knowledge and it comes back to wanting the New Zealand team to be strong.“I enjoy going away and having a strong New Zealand team performing well around the world, it helps my job and I enjoy getting the New Zealand players in the sides that I’ve got.“At some stage, who knows and I think Daniel would be the same. I’d love to help, but I certainly appreciate and admire the work Mike has done.”At the conclusion of the England series in early April, Hesson will be able to have some downtime as New Zealand do not play again until a series against Pakistan in October, but Fleming still thinks that being in charge of all three formats could become too great a task for one man.“You’ve got to think for a modern day coach these days, to be spending 250-300 days away, or involved in the job, travelling and hotels and being away from the family, that’s unsustainable,” he said.“So Simon [Doull] makes some good points there about looking after your coaches and maybe T20 is one form of the game where there’s an opportunity for the head coach to have some time off.“Whether you develop a Craig McMillan or another young coach coming forward, or you get an old dog in and maybe Vettori or myself come in to spend a bit of time there?“It’s whether it keeps Mike Hesson fresh, it’s whether it falls into line with what Mike wants. But I think it’s worth discussing going forward as the schedule gets more cluttered. What I’ve heard from NZ Cricket and Mike right now is that the balance is pretty good, so he’s pretty happy to continue what he’s doing. But it needs to be explored.”New Zealand’s T20 form took a dive after a strong start earlier in the season. Pakistan came from 1-0 down to take the three-match series in January, when New Zealand conceded their No. 1 ranking, then they managed just a single victory – against England in Wellington – during the T20 tri-series. The next World T20 will take place in Australia in 2020.“If you’re bouncing from each form, sometimes you can miss the subtleties of the game that are developing behind closed doors, because you’re so focused on a Test or one-day series,” Fleming said. “We’ve got to make sure we’re relevant in all forms and have got the selectors, coaches and personnel looking at the right things.” (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Test cricket won’t be around in time’ – McCullumMay 14, 2018In “latest news”Can hosts West Indies hold on to their crown?November 8, 2018In “Sports”Guyana Amazon Warriors name Guptill as captain for CPL 2016April 11, 2016In “Sports” read more

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Study on ancestry of Irish Travellers details genetic connection to settled community

first_img Traveller children pictured at a site in Cabinteely in Dublin in 1997. Image: RollingNews.ie via Eamonn Farrell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article There are lots of misconceptions around who Travellers are and what their history is. First of all there is no connection with Roma gypsies, people use these terms interchangeably but there is no ancestry between Irish Travellers and Roma gypsies.He added that although Irish Travellers come from an Irish ancestry, they are genetically distinct from the settled Irish.Genetic distance Cavalleri described how it’s possible to measure the genetic distance between populations and said the distance of Travellers to settled Irish people is around the same as Irish people to Spanish people.The genetic distance that exists between Travellers and the settled population can be attributed to genetic drift, brought on by hundreds of years of genetic isolation combined with a decreasing population size.Irish Travellers have a history of nomadism, where cousin marriages (consanguineous marriages) are commonplace and they are socially isolated from ‘settled’ Irish people.When populations are small and tend not to mix with other communities, the gene frequencies can change very quickly and that extents the genetic distance.Cavalleri added, “All the data point to the Irish Travellers being a genetic isolate who could potentially be valuable for understanding the genetic risk factors for disease in Ireland – both among travellers and settled people.”The research, which has been published in the journal Scientific Reports, comes as the Irish State is expected to formally recognise Travellers as an ethnic group.Professor Cavalleri said, “I hope these results and this work helps settled people understand where Irish Travellers came from and that Travellers get a better sense of who they are and where they come from.”Read: Only 8% of working-age Travellers have completed the Leaving Cert> Short URL By Cliodhna Russell 74 Comments IRISH TRAVELLERS HAVE no connection to Roma gypsies, did not descend from the famine and are genetically as different to Irish settled people as the Spanish.That’s according to a new study led by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) and the University of Edinburgh.It confirmed that Travellers are very much of Irish ancestral origin and, for the first time, gave an estimate of when Travellers split from the ‘settled’ population in Ireland.There’s a common misconception that Travellers split from settled people at the time of the Great Famine (1845-1852). However, the researchers estimate that the separation began far before that, around 360 years ago in the mid 1600’s.Associate Professor in Human Genetics at RCSI’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics, Gianpiero Cavalleri told TheJournal.ie:“The study rules out famine as a cause of the split, however it’s not clear what event, or events, caused that divergence.”Professor Cavalleri also explained that the genes of Irish Travellers are closer to the settled Irish population at a genetic level, as opposed to the common misconception that Travellers are a hybrid population of settled Irish and European Roma. Feb 9th 2017, 4:31 PM Traveller children pictured at a site in Cabinteely in Dublin in 1997. Study on ancestry of Irish Travellers details genetic connection to settled community The research comes as the Irish State is expected to formally recognise Travellers as an ethnic group. Image: RollingNews.ie via Eamonn Farrell Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 4:31 PM Share129 Tweet Email5 https://jrnl.ie/3231070 48,117 Views last_img read more

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Kushida Shane Strickland and Humberto Garza begin training at the Performance Center

first_img Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Now Playing Up Next Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced John Cena Says WWE Doesn`t Need Him WWE 205 Live Results – 9/10/19 (Kushida debuts, 6-man tag team main event match) Twitter Google+ Facebook WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Triple Hcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Now Playing Up Next WWE.com is profiling three new signings to the company. Kushida’s signing was announced on April 5 by Triple H and William Regal. The signings of Garza Jr. and Shane “Swerve” Strickland to WWE are confirmed by this article. All have begun training at the WWE Performance Center.KushidaKushida, a 10-year veteran, is a multi-time champion in Japan. With an undefeated record in MMA and time as one of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s best competitors, Triple H described him as “one of the biggest international stars in the world.”Stephon StricklandStrickland is described as a rising star through the “indie ranks,” having won championships in EVOLVE, Combat Zone Wrestling, and Major League Wrestling. Strickland is described as having “show-stealing potential” with his hand-to-hand combat skills and his arsenal of submissions picked up during his time in the U.S. Army Reserves.Humberto GarzaGarza, the grandson of the luchador El Ninja, nephew of WCW wrestler Hector Garza, and cousin of NXT and 205 Live star Humberto Carrillo, comes to WWE with 11-years of experience under his belt. Garza is described as a high-flyer and having spent time in AAA and The Crash in Mexico, as well as NOAH in Japan.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Pinterest Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE announces new Performance Center signings, Including a former Impact star EVOLVE Champion Austin Theory part of new Performance Center class, new PC coachlast_img
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Youth to March in antiviolence parades to celebrate Youth Day

first_img Related Items:free concert, romain virgo, youth day Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Stop the Violence Speaker from NY Inner City; on Tonight Youth Week culminates with Peace concert Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Sept 2015 – Young people will begin lining up at CIBC FirstCaribbean bank near down town for the annual Youth March at 9am.It is National Youth Day holiday and events continue across the country with fairs and rallies and even a horse race in Grand Turk, being held in honor of slain young man, Kevino Smith. Thursday night, the Department of Youth welcomed a guest speaker out of New York for a discussion at the gym and today, following the march in Provo; there will be a live performance and free concert at the Gus Lightbourne Sports Complex featuring Romain Virgo of Jamaica. Youth Department Events Unveiledlast_img read more

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Fuming Maurizio Sarri cant understand Chelseas loss

first_imgAfter the disaster that was Chelsea’s painful loss at Bournemouth, manager Maurizio Sarri was fuming and very disappointed after the defeat.Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri learned this Wednesday that he made the stupidest mistake of his career by leaving Napoli, the 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth won Wednesday may have been the beginning of the end for him at the Blues.The constant disagreements with star Eden Hazard was part of the problem, as the Belgian winger offered the worst version of his game that anybody can remember and left the whole squad hanging out to dry.But add that to the bad decision of bringing striker Gonzalo Higuain to the club during a low point of his career, and you get a result like the one from this midweek fixture against the Cherries.The Blues’ squad that we all enjoyed at the start of the season is nothing but a long lost memory of the squad that we saw yesterday, Sarri’s face was the vivid representation of a manager who has completely run out of ideas and doesn’t know how to wake up his players at this stage of the season.The constant public outing of his players doesn’t help one bit, they have already proved that they hate being exposed and Sarri regretted doing so this Wednesday.Full-time: Bournemouth 4-0 Chelsea.#BOUCHE pic.twitter.com/gIuC45zwXQ— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 30, 2019“It’s very difficult to have an idea of the performance. We played very well in the first half,” he said after the loss at Bournemouth via Four Four Two.“In the second half we conceded the goal after two minutes and stopped to play. In the offensive phase, we played not as a team, but as individual players and did not defend. It’s hard to understand why.”“We had 43 minutes still to play, so we could solve the problem. But not with that kind of reaction. So it’s very difficult for me to understand why.”“I wanted to try to understand after the match. I spoke with the players immediately after the match, but it’s very difficult also for them to say why. So I have to try again tomorrow [Thursday] because I need to understand why, because I need to solve this problem.”“Maybe we are not in the top four of the Premier League at the moment, but we are competitive.”“We cannot lose 4-0 against Bournemouth. I want to respect Bournemouth, and you know I like very much the coach Eddie [Howe], but it’s impossible to lose 4-0 here.”“Maybe it’s my fault, maybe I’m not able to motivate them,” he added.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“But the team is very strong, it is also able to win without the coach.”“I feel frustrated, not under pressure. I don’t see… I didn’t see the signal of my work. So I am frustrated.”Ouch – Maurizio Sarri isn’t happy.#BOUCHE pic.twitter.com/veH4udGf5c— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 30, 2019After the match ended and Maurizio Sarri was able to speak directly with all his players, the manager reportedly had a very intense talk with everybody but the rest of the technical staff for an hour inside the dressing room at the Cherries’ stadium.There is still no information about what was said in that meeting, but the people who saw the manager could easily realize that the Italian manager is going through his worst moment at the club and there is no way of knowing what he will decide by the end of the season.There is a big chance that Sarri is thinking about the reasons he decided to leave Napoli right about now, a place where he literally had it all and was very comfortable with a squad that remained competitive in Serie A despite not winning many titles.The man now knows that coming to the Premier League may have been a very exciting challenge at the time, but perhaps he didn’t imagine it would be this complicated to keep the squad afloat.🇮🇹 Maurizio Sarri locked himself in the dressing room with his @ChelseaFC players after the 4-0 loss to @AFCBournemouth.😳 He kicked his coaches out of the dressing room including Gianfranco Zola.⏰ He was in there with his players for almost an hour.📝 @MichelleOwen7 pic.twitter.com/RkaYva0Jgn— SPORF (@Sporf) January 30, 2019What type of motivation does Maurizio Sarri need for his players for the rest of the season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Listen To Luis Fonsi Demi Lovatos New English Version Of Échame La

first_img Twitter News The pop superstars have released a new English language version of their viral Latin hit “Échame La Culpa”Brian HaackGRAMMYs Mar 2, 2018 – 3:23 pm Since dropping last November, Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato’s catchy collaboration “Échame La Culpa” has followed smartly in the footsteps of Fonsi’s previous worldwide smash hit “Despacito.” Riding that wave of popularity, “Échame La Culpa” has amassed nearly one billion YouTube and VEVO views of its own, and hit No. 1 on the iTunes charts in almost 60 countries. To celebrate the song’s success, Fonsi and Lovato have now released an English language version of the bubbly Reggaeton track, translated as “Not On You.”The success of “Échame La Culpa” last December also helped Fonsi become just the third Latin artist in chart history to have two tracks ranking simultaneously in the Top 50 of the Hot 100 according to Billboard.For her own part, Lovato has just set off on a brand-new tour with DJ Khaled, a production which she says she hopes will show fans who she is “as a person” while also taking advantage of the large-scale venue formats of the arenas she will be playing. The tour will support her latest LP Tell Me You Love Me, which she released this past July.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Email Listen: Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato “Échame La Culpa” listen-luis-fonsi-demi-lovato%E2%80%99s-new-english-version-%E2%80%9C%C3%A9chame-la-culpa Listen To Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato’s New English Version Of “Échame La Culpa” Facebook last_img read more

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Lauren Fitch Graduates From Mass Maritime Academy

first_imgBUZZARDS BAY, MA — Cadet 1st Class Lauren Bailey Fitch, of Wilmington, graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Saturday, June 22, 2019.Massachusetts Maritime Academy is a four-year state college offering undergraduate degrees in Emergency Management, Energy Systems Engineering, Facilities Engineering, International Maritime Business, Marine Engineering, Marine Safety & Environmental Protection and Marine Transportation. Graduate degrees are offered in Emergency Management and Facilities Management.The Academy is located on Cape Cod, as is the oldest continuing Maritime College in the country.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Lauren Fitch Makes President’s List At Mass. Maritime AcademyIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Lauren Fitch Makes President’s List At Mass. Maritime AcademyIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Lauren McKenna Graduates From Maine Maritime AcademyIn “Education”last_img read more

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Telangana Congress leader urges party members to give Rahul free

first_imgHyderabad: Former vice-chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and senior Congress leader Marri Shashidhar Reddy on Saturday appealed to all State in charges, Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) presidents and Congress Working Committee (CWC) office bearers to submit their resignations in order to give Congress President Rahul Gandhi a free hand to reorganise and revamp the Congress party. Also Read – Farmers stage rasta roko against urea shortage in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Reddy said, “I appeal to the office bearers of the CWC and AICC to submit their resignation. It is time to give a new look to the Congress party. I once again appeal to Rahul Gandhi to take back his resignation and facilitate the reorganisation and restructuring of the Congress party.” “When Rahul Gandhi had resigned from the party president’s post even then I had suggested that there was a need for the implementation of the 2.0 Version of the Kamaraj Plan, and all members of the CWC and AICC office bearers to submit their resignations to give Rahul Gandhi a free hand to reorganise and revamp the Congress party,” he said. Also Read – Ramagundam: Focus on company’s growth, community development Advertise With Us Gandhi, who became the party president in 2017, offered to step down from his post at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on May 25, taking moral responsibility for Congress’ dismal performance in the 17th general elections. However, his resignation offer was unanimously rejected by the CWC. So far, taking moral responsibility for the party’s defeat in Lok Sabha elections, over a dozen Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) leaders submitted their resignation from their respective party posts in the state. Meanwhile, all the Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states will meet Rahul Gandhi on Monday, urging him to take back his decision to resign from the post of party president.last_img read more

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JK Governors invitation to Rahul was never sincere

first_imgNEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Wednesday hit out at Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, saying his invitation to Rahul Gandhi to visit the state was a “tool of propaganda” and never sincere. He said alleging that Rahul Gandhi has put conditions is rubbish, as he only asked for freedom to meet everyone, including soldiers. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us “J&K Governor’s invitation to Rahul Gandhi was never a sincere invitation. It was a tool of propaganda. To say that Rahul Gandhi put conditions is rubbish. Rahul Gandhi asked for freedom to meet everyone, including soldiers. How is that putting conditions?,” he asked on Twitter. “Can a visitor not ask for freedom to meet different sections of the people and to enquire about the welfare of the soldiers?” he further asked. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us Malik had on Tuesday lashed out at Gandhi for putting “pre-conditions” for a visit to the state and alleged he was trying to “create unrest” by seeking to bring a delegation of opposition leaders. Following remarks by Gandhi that there have been reports of violence in Kashmir, Malik on Monday had said he will send him an aircraft to visit the Valley and observe the ground situation. Gandhi has put forth many conditions for the visit, including meeting mainstream leaders under detention, the governor said in a statement. Hitting back at the governor for “taking a U-turn” on his offer to visit the state, the Congress said he should stand by his word.last_img read more

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Bleak days for black PAN company audit reports enter govts watchlist

first_img Income Tax Department is facing major manpower crunch IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img The income tax department and the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) have agreed to regularly share data, including PAN and audit reports of firms, as the administration intensifies its crackdown on shell companies, the government said on Thursday, according to a PTI report.The MoU for Automatic and Regular Exchange of Information was signed between the MCA and Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on September 6 and took effect the same day, the report said.Tax authorities will now relay audit reports of corporates and specific information from their I-T returns along with PAN data to MCA.The MoU aims to ensure that both MCA and CBDT have seamless PAN-CIN (Corporate Identity Number) and PAN-DIN (Director Identity Number) linkage for regulatory purposes.”A Data Exchange Steering Group has also been constituted for the initiative which will meet periodically to review the data exchange status and take steps to further improve the effectiveness of the two agencies,” the report quoted government sources as saying. TOUGH MOVES: A typical income tax department seizure of allegedly unaccounted cash following the post demonetisation period earlier this year.ReutersBesides, financial statements filed by corporates with the Registrar of Companies, returns of allotment of shares and statement of financial transactions received from banks will now be shared between MCA and the CBDT, the report said.The government had earlier said that over 1.06 lakh directors will be disqualified for their association with shell companies. Banks have been asked to restrict operations of the bank accounts operated by these companies by their directors or their authorised representatives.The MCA is in the process of cancelling the registration of 2.09 lakh companies that have not been carrying out business activities for a long period. Following deregistration of over two lakh companies currently there are about 11 lakh companies with active status.last_img read more

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Kirthiga Reddy ends stellar stint at Facebook joins SoftBank as first venture

first_imgThe logo of Softbank Corp. is displayed at a press briefing on Softbank’s new service in Tokyo on January 15, 2018.KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty ImagesFormer Facebook India Managing Director Kirthiga Reddy announced on Friday, December 7 that she will be joining SoftBank Investment Advisors (SBIA) as their first venture partner. She made the announcement in a Facebook post.Reddy had resigned as Facebook India MD (then based out of Hyderabad) in 2016 and returned to its US headquarters at Menlo Park to work there.Reddy’s Facebook post read, “After over seven incredible years at Facebook — starting as the first employee and managing director for Facebook India and the last two years at HQ as managing global client partner and emerging markets lead — I am thrilled to join SoftBank Investment Advisers as their first venture partner.”She added, “I look forward to contributing to their mission to positively shape the future by seeking to back the boldest, most transformative and optimistic ideas of today. Like in other investment firms, the venture partner role enables quick integration of new talent from non-investing backgrounds, which is a perfect fit for me.”Paroma Roy Chowdhury, the Vice-president of SoftBank took to social media to welcome Reddy. She wrote, “We are excited to welcome Kirthiga Reddy to the SoftBank family. She joins us from Facebook where she built many of their critical operations around the world, including her work in India and her focus on emerging and high-growth markets like Brazil and South Africa. She serves as Chair, Stanford Business School Management Board.”Chowdhury also said that Reddy will work with Deep Nishar, SBIA’s Senior Managing Partner. She will assist the company’s global investments and also AI, robotics, and quantum computing.last_img read more

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Trump becomes grandfather again

first_imgDonald TrumpUS president Donald Trump became a grandfather for the ninth time Tuesday.His son, Eric Trump, announced the news on Twitter: “@LaraLeaTrump and I are excited to announce the birth of our son, Eric ‘Luke’ Trump at 8:50 this morning.”The 71-year-old US president is the father of five children from three marriages.His daughter Ivanka has three children and Donald Trump Jr has five children.Donald Trump Jr issued congratulations on Twitter, and joked about “older brother revenge” for Eric buying his kids a drum set.last_img

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Sexual Health Coalition Urges African Americans to Use Preventive Health Services

first_imgThe National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH), which consists of over 50 leading health and medical organizations, is urging African Americans to take advantage of little-to-no cost preventive health care services.With increased access to health insurance coverage, African Americans can now utilize many recommended sexual health services for free, including the HPV vaccine, female contraceptives (including the IUD, implant, and pill), pap smears and screening for sexually transmitted diseases.However, statistics show that not enough African Americans are using these services. For example, in 2013, only 34 percent of Black girls and 16 percent of Black boys received all three doses of the HPV vaccine, the only cancer prevention vaccine currently available.“You and your health matter. We know you have a lot on your plate, but we all need to make room for our sexual health.  Just like protecting your heart health, managing your blood pressure, and exercising regularly – it’s worth your time,” said Christian J. Thrasher, director of The Center of Excellence for Sexual Health, Morehouse School of Medicine.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force also recommends that all Americans take advantage of these services.“Knowledge is power. It’s important to take charge of your own sexual health, and get informed about the services that are recommended for you. Don’t assume that you are automatically getting these services when you go to your health care provider. You need to ask your provider to be sure,” said NCSH Co-Director Susan Gilbert.To help Americans get the services they need, a free guide and website are available from the NCSH, which features action steps for good sexual health, charts of recommended services for men and women, questions to ask health care providers, and other resources.last_img read more

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22nd Annual Women of Excellence

first_imgNetwork 2000, which promotes the advancement of women in professional and executive roles, will holds its 22nd annual Women of Excellence luncheon with speaker Sheila C. Johnson, entrepreneur, philanthropist and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts. The event will happen on Nov. 5, noon at the Hilton Baltimore, 401 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland. Women of Excellence proceeds support the educational and charitable activities of Network 2000. For more information, registration or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.network2000md.org, email becca@network2000md.org or call 410-931-8100.last_img

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Strained silicon carries light for cheaper commercial electronics

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. By physically compressing a silicon waveguide – and thus allowing variations in the way light travels through the material – scientists have discovered a key to creating a silicon electro-optic modulator. This method could greatly decrease the cost of modern computers. Explore further Organic solar cells that last 10 years in space “Inside your computer, there are a bunch of small black components,” explains Rune Jacobsen, coauthor of a recent paper in Nature on strained silicon. “There is a silicon die inside each component, and it is in these chunks of silicon where all the ‘magic’ happens.”Silicon, considered the material of choice in electronics for decades, now has one more reason to be at the top. Scientists have observed electro-optical effects in silicon, which is the ability to convert electronic signals into optical signals. Previously silicon was thought to have limited optical properties due to its strong symmetrical traits and lack of an electro-optic coefficient.“We discovered a method that induces an electro-optic effect in silicon, which is done by deposition of a straining layer on top of the silicon crystal,” says Jacobsen. “The straining expands, and hence it deforms, the crystal structure of the silicon underneath [see figure]. This is not difficult, but until we made the discovery, it was not realized that you could make silicon electro-optically active by breaking the crystal symmetry.”The straining layer, composed of silicon nitride glass, compresses the silicon waveguide, a structure that guides light waves in the silicon. Using this straining method to break silicon’s crystal symmetry, the team has realized the possibility of using silicon to modulate a beam of light.The glass straining layer acts purely as a physical strain, asymmetrically compressing the silicon waveguide so that the waveguide expands horizontally. This physical change enables silicon’s bulk refractive index to vary linearly under the influence of an external applied electric field, creating electro-optic effects. “The index change is caused by a perturbation of the electron orbitals, which is the fastest physical process possible at room temperature,” says Jacobsen. “The time constant is typically lower than 10-15 seconds; i.e. the effect can be as fast as 1,000,000 GHz.”Another way to put it is that the electric field can slow the velocity of light waves in silicon due to the material’s broken symmetry. Once applied, the electric field can instantaneously determine whether or not light travels through a silicon modulator. “Such an electro-optic modulator is typically used when transmitting data, where transmitted light corresponds to a ‘1’ bit and no light to a ‘0’ bit,” wrote the scientists.This design differs from previous demonstrations of silicon modulators, which have used an electric current traveling through the silicon to achieve modulation. “In our demonstration, we use an electric field to achieve modulation instead of electric current,” says Jacobsen. “In 1987, Richard Soref et al. showed that you can make a modulator by leading an electrical current through the silicon and then changing the size of the current (ref: Soref, R. A. & Bennett, B. R. Electrooptical effects in silicon. IEEE J. Quant. Electron. QE-23, 123–129 (1987)). However, today, almost 20 years after the demonstration, you cannot buy commercial silicon components based on this technique, and it is still unsure if the technique is good enough for commercial use.”To negate the possibility of an electric current in this experiment, the scientists sandwiched a spacing layer made of silica glass between the silicon waveguide and the straining silicon glass on top. With this arrangement, no electric current travels through the waveguide. “The advantage to using silicon compared with other electro-optics materials is the price,” says Jacobsen. “If you can use silicon, the price will potentially become very low.”Citation: Jacobsen, Rune S. et al. Strained silicon as a new electro-optic material. Nature. Vol 441. 11 May 2006.By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com Citation: Strained silicon carries light for cheaper commercial electronics (2006, May 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-05-strained-silicon-cheaper-commercial-electronics.html The silicon waveguide at left contains a crystal symmetry and no electro-optic effect. At right, the silicon waveguide has a straining layer that breaks the symmetry. The broken symmetry makes it possible to change the phase of light by applying an electric field across the waveguide, which can create an electro-optic modulator. Photo credit: Rune Jacobesen.last_img read more

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Whats new about news

first_imgIt has been a big news week -BCCI, Telangana and there after, Mamata’s panchayat poll clean sweep and well, of course, there is Modi and never-ending debate about the impending 2014 elections. As much as one conspicuously tries to avoid the bitter world truths, the louder the television seems to scream. The nation wants to know – self explanatory?We aren’t exactly sure how many people really noticed, but as channels were dutifully surfed to pick up the best of the news channels, gather information to buffer up an article – almost every channel seemed to have the same debates, the same people on those debates and the same topics being pulled and pulled some more. There was nothing ‘new’ out there.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Each party representative worked harder to shut the opponent party out, some remained mute trying to signal to the anchor that their audio was faulty, while others just seemed happy with the on-air spree. Endless discussions about who would be the prime ministerial candidates is old topic. But there was no stopping a particular channel as they went into life size graphics with numbers pert in place to debate the same odds. Well if the nation wants to know… Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix Now how is a news channel expected to up the ante on others without sensationalising? We speak entirely from the lay-audience’s perspective. Maybe some more enlightening debates or some new faces? Most definitely – an hour of news that doesn’t scream. Alternately there’s Breaking Bad on Star World, Revenge, Suits Season 2 on Comedy Channel and Nigellisima on TLC and the international Masterchef chapter is going to start soon – change the channel and get your peace. If international entertainment is not your pick – there’s Comedy Nights with Kapil on Colors. Rumour has it that it is the funniest thing on Indian television in a long, long time. Try it for yourself – we aren’t recommending any yet. And then there always is the hoard of talent shows and soaps. Anything but news perhaps? When Jhinuk Sen is not procrastinating on Twitter, she is changing channels.last_img read more

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