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With polls coming Gurugram police cracks down on drugs illegal liquor

first_imgGurugram: Gurugram police are cracking down on drug mafia and illegal liquor cartels as the election nears. According to law enforcement officials, the mafia involving in this form of illegal trade becomes active as they can make big profits during this time. The millennium city is apparently witnessing a rise in the illegal trade of marijuana with the police have seized 60 kgs of the banned substance worth around Rs 80 lakh in March. “We have registered 19 FIRs linked to the trade and transportation of contraband. Of this, 17 are linked to marijuana export”, said a senior police official from Gurugram police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe law and order challenge posed by drug mafia posed in Haryana can be gauged from the fact that in 2017 over 2,000 criminals involved in the crime of drug trafficking were arrested. Being the richest district of the state the drug mafia along with illegal liquor trade is now posing a major law and order challenge to law enforcement officials. On Tuesday there were seven drug traffickers that were arrested. In one of the incident, a person was arrested with 35 kgs of the sulpha drug. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsNot only are the officials from Gurugram police but now even the special task force (STF) has become involved in curbing the drug mafia in the city. According to sources most of the big criminal gangs that are operating in the city are now shifting their focus from illegal land deals, extortion to transportation and supply of drugs. While Synthetic drugs like Ganja, Sulfa are in high demand other forms like charas, Opium and heroin are also gaining popularity. In the recent arrest made by Gurugram police, seven people have been arrested for trafficking methadone drug that is believed to be the new addition.last_img read more

Walking is top choice of fitness enthusiasts in India

first_imgWalking, jogging and running surpass yoga and gym training as the the top choices of most fitness enthusiasts in India, according to a new survey on April 7, 2019. Zumba is also gaining prominence as a fitness form especially among women, with 18 per cent respondents enjoying it in 2019, up from 11 per cent in 2017, showed the survey launched on the occasion of World Health Day. Over half the respondents (53 per cent) confirmed that they have at least five activities included in their fitness regime, with walking (84 per cent), jogging (64 per cent), running (63 per cent), yoga (56 per cent) and gym training (53 per cent) emerging as the top choices. The results showed that millennials in the country are increasingly opting towards a healthier lifestyle, with 95 per cent respondents indulging in at least one fitness activity – running, jogging or walking. For the study, over 2,200 men and women, between the age group of 18-35 years, were surveyed across nine cities in the country. Among all, Kolkata scored the highest score in fitness. While Kolkata is closely followed by Delhi-NCR, Pune dropped from number 1 position in 2017 to the eighth on this year’s list. This year’s survey revealed an increase in women undertaking self-defence activities, with 45 per cent respondents including it as part of their fitness regime. Strength workouts have also gained popularity among women in the last couple of years.last_img read more

Its a witch hunt Trump after Mueller report clears him of Russian

first_imgWASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s strategist warned him not to fire FBI director James Comey. His advisors told him to stop tweeting about the Russia investigation. And his lawyers encouraged him to cooperate. Trump ignored them all, and could still claim vindication Thursday after the Mueller report cleared him of collusion charges. He beat back the investigation that threatened his presidency with constant attacks on investigators and the media, a canny narrative that denied obvious facts, nonstop trolling of opponents on Twitter, and a crafty legal stall. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIt was hugely risky, but it appears to have paid off — notwithstanding further investigations Congressional Democrats have promised into Trump’s alleged abuse of his authority. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report Thursday ruled that Trump’s campaign did not criminally conspire with Russians to skew the 2016 election, and drew no conclusion on allegations of obstruction. That allowed Trump’s hand-picked Attorney General Bill Barr to declare the president fully cleared. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”As I have been saying all along, NO COLLUSION – NO OBSTRUCTION!” Trump tweeted in a fist-pump of victory. Trump began his campaign well before Mueller arrived, denying during 2016 that Russia was interfering in the election, even though US spy chiefs said they were. He could have just accepted it, but the claim marred his election victory. So he called it “fake news” and said the intelligence community was out to undermine him. He made things worse in May 2017 when, angered by the ongoing probe into Russian meddling, he fired Comey. The result was Mueller’s appointment to lead the Russia investigation, expanding it to include obstruction of justice. “This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked,” Trump said that day, according to Mueller’s report. But the next day, he switched gears into offense, launching a grinding public relations war guided mostly by his own instincts. “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” he tweeted. It was pure Trump style — weaving a narrative that struck a chord with his supporters and riled his opponents. The Russia allegations were a hoax, he alleged, Democrats were trying to avenge Hillary Clinton’s election defeat, and Comey and Mueller were corrupt. With Fox News, influential with the political right, echoing his claims, voters who formed Trump’s electoral base bought the story of a “witch hunt.” Trump often proved his own enemy. His staff struggled to block his orders to remove Mueller, which could have resulted in impeachment. His constant attacks on Mueller’s investigators, the Justice Department, and potential witnesses against him bolstered the allegations of obstruction. And his legal team was in constant turmoil, wrestling with a client who didn’t follow advice or tell them the truth. Early members of the team wanted to cooperate with Mueller, seeing that as the president’s best option. But for Trump, it was not about law, but image, and the best approach was guerilla warfare fought through the media and Twitter. With Mueller’s investigators closing in on the White House in early 2018, Trump churned his team, recruiting attorneys who would fight back. He hired Rudy Giuliani, a fellow New Yorker who like Trump saw the challenge as a street fight. Giuliani fed reporters tidbits behind the scenes and went on television with tactical denials and counterattacks that may have had little real substance but supported Trump’s claim that he was under political assault.last_img read more

Though Hes Still Battling Cancer Stuart Scott of ESPN

Stuart Scott, the ESPN host who is battling a rare form of cancer, posted on Twitter that rumors that he has been placed in hospice are false.His tweet read: “Rumor bout me in hospice. Not True. Airball. Swing & a miss. I continue treatment for C & missed some work but Hospice? No. Fighting? YES!”This summer, Scott—known for coining phrases like “Cool as the other side of the pillow”—gave a heart-wrenching speech at the ESPY Awards when he accepted the Jimmy V Award.Scott, 49, has been battling cancer in his stomach for seven years. He had his appendix removed and endured chemotherapy and radiation, and yet the cancer continues to return.Last month, Scott was greeted to an enormous ovation at the North Carolina Tar Heels’ Midnight Madness to kick off the basketball season. Scott attended UNC.“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer,” Scott said then. “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”He said he is encouraged to battle against the disease primarily because of his two daughters.During Scott’s acceptance of the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, he said:“I listened to what Jim Valvano said 21 years ago, the most poignant seven words ever uttered in any speech anywhere: ‘Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.’ Those great people didn’t. Coach Valvano didn’t. So to be honored with this, I now have a responsibility to also not ever give up. I’m not special. I just listened to what the man said.”His strength in the face of the disease has been admirable. He has missed chunks of time from work as he deals with treatment. read more

Russell struggles as Ohio State mens basketball season ends with 7358 loss

For a half of basketball, the No. 10 seed Ohio State men’s basketball team was keeping pace with the No. 2 seed Arizona Wildcats for the right to head to the Sweet 16.But after trailing by just one at halftime, OSU (24-11) fell to Arizona (33-3) 73-58 on Saturday, ending its season in Portland, Ore.The Buckeyes were outrebounded by 17 for the game, and committed 12 turnovers as the Wildcats move on to the Sweet 16 and are set to take on the winner of Xavier vs. Georgia State in Los Angeles on Thursday.After a 28-point performance against Virginia Commonwealth on Thursday night, freshman guard D’Angelo Russell struggled in the first half shooting, as he made just 2-of-11 shots from the field.Russell, however, dished out five assists and added three rebounds in the first frame to keep the pace for the Buckeyes, as they trailed the favored Wildcats, 26-25, at halftime.He finished with nine points and six helpers for the game. He shot just 3-of-19 from the field.Arizona opened the second half pulling down rebounds and burying multiple shots from long range, led by junior guard Gabe York, who finished with 19 points, 15 of which came from deep.The Wildcats led by as many as 13 before OSU cut the deficit to eight with just under eight minutes to play.Within the minute Arizona’s lead swelled back to 13 as the Wildcats never trailed in the second half.Senior forward Sam Thompson, who scored just two points in the win over VCU on Thursday, scored seven points in the first half and added two blocks. He finished with a team-high 18 points in the game.Fellow senior, guard Shannon Scott added 10 points for the OSU, but also committed four turnovers in his final game as a Buckeye.Arizona senior guard T.J. McConnell, who lost to OSU two years ago in the Sweet 16, led the Wildcats with 19 points while adding six assists to go along with five steals.The loss means the end of the season for the Buckeyes, and the end of the OSU careers for Scott, Thompson, senior centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald and redshirt-senior forward Anthony Lee.Russell, is a projected lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft but has not yet announced a decision as to whether he will return to OSU for a sophomore season. read more

Sergio Ramos insists there are no cracks in Spain camp

first_imgReal Madrid defender Sergio Ramos maintains there are no cracks in the Spain camp after the shocking sack of their manager Julen Lopetegui eve of the World Cup tournament and urged his team-mates to move on quickly.The 2010 winners open their World Cup against Portugal in Sochi on Friday as new coach Fernando Hierro takes over. Ramos insists they will not change their plan for the tournament simply because “there is no time”.“We need to move on as soon as possible. These have not been pleasant times at all,” he said, according to Sky Sports.“For me, personally, it was a more delicate moment but I can assure you that these problems provide an opportunity to grow.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Julen has been part of all the preparations for this World Cup. (But) Spain needs to come before any individual. As soon as possible, let’s move on from this and focus on the World Cup. That is better for everyone.“There are no cracks. We are all individuals and we all think differently, but the collective idea is the same. We are here to go for the World Cup.“The reality is that we will change little, we don’t have time. We have clear ideas and we are not going to change our concept of how to play football one jot.”Spain are one of the favourites despite the change and some controversial omissions from the squad by Lopetegui, including the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Marcos Alonso. They also face Iran and Morocco in Group B.last_img read more

Guardiola set to make changes for Carabao Cup tie

first_imgPep Guardiola is set to ring the changes from his depleted Manchester City side ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup clash against Leicester CityThe City boss welcomed back Kevin De Bruyne against Everton on Saturday but still has a thin squad to choose from with the likes of David Silva, Benjamin Mendy, and Claudio Bravo all sidelined through injury.However, Sergio Aguero could feature for the first time after five matches away with a groin problem.When asked if he might freshen his team up for the trip to the King Power Stadium, live on Sky Sports Football, Guardiola said: “The problem is we don’t have many players [to choose from].“We have a lot of injured players. Some players who played against [Everton] or the last games have to play [against Leicester].”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Guardiola’s first title of his tenure at the Etihad came with last season’s Carabao Cup success and the City boss is determined to progress further in the cup competition and remain in the hunt on all four fronts.Tuesday’s meeting will be a repeat of when the two clubs met at the same stage of the competition last year, which City won after a penalty shootout.“Of course it is a chance to reach the semi-final,” Guardiola added.“Since we are here in Manchester we never dropped one game – not even a friendly game.“A competition must be respected – like we did last season – and we are going to try to win the game.”last_img read more

Ramos Only physicality and intensity prevail in football

first_imgReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos refuses to take Al Ain lightly ahead of this evening’s Club World Cup finalFollowing Wednesday’s 3-1 win against Japanese side Kashima Antlers, Real will now take on local team Al Ain.The European champions are gunning for a third World Cup in a row and are considered the strong favourites.But Ramos knows all too well that in football anything can happen and, therefore, intends to stay on guard as Real attempt to make more history today.“We’ve got another chance to retain the Club World Cup,” said Ramos on the club website.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“No club has won it three years in a row and we’re really looking forward to the final and are hoping to take the trophy home before going on holiday”“We’re really looking forward to the game and we have the utmost respect for the opponent, River were favourites, but we saw that the badge alone doesn’t win you anything.“Physicality and intensity prevail in football. We know that they have the swede up top, the Brazilian on the left or the Egyptian in the midfield.“Football is much more even these days and we’ll go out knowing that it will be a very difficult match”.The World Cup final between Real and Al Ain will take place at the Zayed Sports City Stadium with kick-off set for 17:30 (CET).last_img read more

Dominican Republic rum a fine favorite at Caribbean Food Wine Festival Turks

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Caribbean Food and Wine Festival goes to Gourmet Safari Related Items:anette mourier, brugal, Caribbean food and wine festival, domincan republic, jassil villanueva, Wine Cellar Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Nov 2015 – The Caribbean Food and Wine festival will this year feature a famous rum from the Dominican Republic, we spoke to fifth generation descendant of the Brugal family, 28 year old Jassil Villanueva.“We’re involved in the blending, the formulation, in the liquid lab just making sure that everything has accomplished the chemical and physical characteristics. But also just approving that the liquid goes to the bottle and doing the follow up…”A Master Blender, Jassil said the selection of Brugal in the Turks and Caicos will impress this weekend at CFWF. As for what the 127 year old rum will bring, “we’re re-launching Brugal extra dry, A so we are going to feature a lot of different drinks. We are going to be a part of a lot of the different events, we will be a part of the women’s luncheon,” said Anette Mourier, Senior Marketing Manager, WEBB.Wine Cellar hosted that welcome meet and greet on Wednesday. What’s on TONIGHT in Providenciales Wine Cellar: CARIFTA Team to be revealed, changes for anglerslast_img read more

NZ mosque attacker charged with terrorism

first_imgBrenton Tarrant, the man charged in relation to the Christchurch massacre appear in the dock charged with murder in the Christchurch District Court on 16 March 2019. Photo: AFPThe man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks was formally charged with terrorism for the first time on Tuesday, New Zealand police said.In addition to the terror charge, Brenton Tarrant also faces 51 charges of murder and 40 of attempted murder over the 15 March attacks that rocked the South Pacific nation.”The charge will allege that a terrorist act was carried out in Christchurch,” police said in a statement.New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has characterised the mosque killings as “a well-planned terrorist attack” since the day Tarrant, a self-described white supremacist, allegedly carried them out.But until now the charges against him were less expansive, as New Zealand’s Terrorism Suppression Act was only introduced in 2002 and is untested in the courts.Police said the decision to lay the terror charge more than two months after the attack was made following consultation with prosecutors and government legal experts.Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, is currently in a high-security prison undergoing tests to determine if he is mentally fit to stand trial for the worst massacre in modern New Zealand history.His next court appearance is scheduled for 14 June.Police said they had met survivors and victims’ families Tuesday to explain the additional charges.”Police are committed to providing all the support necessary for what will be a challenging and emotional court process to come for the victim’s families and survivors of the attack,” they said.Ahead of the shooting, Tarrant posted a rambling manifesto on social media in which he identified himself by name and described himself as a white supremacist out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.He live-streamed himself as he opened fire in the packed Al Noor mosque during Friday prayers and then travelled across town to continue the carnage in the suburban Linwood mosque.Ardern’s government tightened the country’s gun laws in the wake of the attack and has said it will review laws dealing with hate speech.It has also pushed international efforts to ensure social media giants to do more to combat online extremism, including the so-called “Christchurch Call” unveiled by world leaders and top technology firms in Paris last week.last_img read more

Rice Professor Spurs Students To Create HighImpact Medical Designs For LowResource African

first_imgJeff Fitlow/Rice UniversityIn her lab at Rice, bioengineer Rebecca Richards-Kortum is developing a new kind of high-resolution microendoscope, which could reduce the need for expensive biopsies to diagnose esophageal cancer.A faculty member at Rice University, Rebecca Richards-Kortum, won the country’s highest honor this year from the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering.She is the first woman to win the prestigious prize, known as the Pierre Galletti Award, in its 17-year history.  Richards-Kortum, 52, has inspired a generation of Rice students through her teaching and mentorship, particularly at the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health. The program allows students to engineer prototypes to solve real-world health problems in low-income regions of the world, such as sub-Saharan Africa.One of the student teams developed an alternative device to help premature infants breathe, she tells Health and Science reporter Carrie Feibel. The device, known as “bubble CPAP” (continuous positive airway pressure), can cost a U.S. neonatal unit up to $6,000.Rice 360°/Rice UniversityNeonatal nurse Florence Mwenifumbo monitors a newborn that is receiving bubble CPAP treatment at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi.But the student’s design model cost much less, and could handle the harsh environmental conditions of countries like Malawi, where it underwent clinical trials in hospitals. It’s now manufactured by Hadleigh Health Technologies in California and sold as Pumani bCPAP.“It’s a very, very simple idea where you blow a mix of air and oxygen into a baby’s nose at constant pressure,” said Richards Kortum. “What our students did is they designed a very simple device that uses two aquarium pumps as the flow-driver. It’s a very inexpensive consumer product, that’s designed to run forever.”Tommy LaVergne/Rice UniversityPumani, an award-winning low-cost device that Rice University students invented to help premature babies in Malawi breathe more easily, will be rolled out to teaching hospitals in Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa, thanks to a $400,000 innovation award from pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and London-based charity Save the Children.Other devices developed by Richards-Kortum and her students are also in various stages of development.Richards-Kortum also spoke about the significance of the Galetti award and what motivates young women and students of color to pursue careers science, math and engineering.“When you connect the dots between the study of science and engineering and its impact on solving socially important problems, you attract a more diverse group of students,” Richards-Kortum said,“and they are more likely to persist and graduate with a major in engineering and science.”Hear the full interview above. 00:00 /03:31 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen Xlast_img read more

Malaysia Votes for Worlds First AntiFake News Legislation

first_img“This law aims to protect the public from the spread of fake news, while allowing freedom of speech as provided for under the constitution,” Law Minister Azalina Othman Said told parliament.“This bill is a weapon to close the truth so that what is false can be upheld as true, and what is true can be reversed as false,” said legislator Lim Guan Eng. “This is something very dangerous for our country.”For the last three years, political debate in Malaysia has focused on the bankruptcy of 1MDB, a state-backed investment fund, set up by Prime Minister Najib Razak. Discussion was further inflamed when a mysterious payment of some $731 million was discovered in the personal bank account of Najib.Najib has denied any wrongdoing in both instances. Since the emergence of the scandal, Najib has fired the attorney general and used existing powers, including sedition and defamation laws, to charge opposition legislators and journalists.Critics of the proposed new law claim that it is deliberately defined in vague terms. The government says that courts will have have the final say.Last month, deputy communications minister Jailani Johari, said that any information about 1MDB that has not been verified by the (Malaysian) government “is deemed as fake news.” His boss, Salleh Said Keruak, this week partially retracted that. He said that simply mentioning the U.S. Department of Justice probe into 1MDB and U.S. attempts to recover $1.7 billion of assets, would not be an offense, but linking Najib to a specific dollar amount could be.“Malaysia’s ‘fake news’ bill is a blatant attempt by the government to prevent any and all news that it doesn’t like, whether about corruption or elections,” said Brad Adams, Asia director of NGO, Human Rights Watch. “The proposed law uses draconian penalties and broad language in an audacious and unprecedented effort to control discussion of Malaysia worldwide.”Malaysia is scheduled to hold general elections no later than August this year, though Najib could call for them to be held earlier. Malaysia has been governed by the same Barisan Nasional coalition since independence in 1957. Najib’s UMNO party is the largest component of the coalition, but it lost the popular vote at the 2013 election. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img Malaysia’s parliament on Monday voted in favor of the world’s first anti fake news law. The bill is expected to be approved by the Senate later this week and take effect shortly.The legislation provides for a fines of up to $123,000 and six-year jail sentences for anyone publishing or disseminating misleading information. It makes online service providers liable for third party content. And it has extra-territorial reach as fake news generated outside the country is subject to criminal penalty if either the country of Malaysia or Malaysian citizens are affected.Opposition lawmakers argued that the law was an assault on free speech and is intended to silence critics of the government in an election year. They succeeded in getting the proposed prison term reduced from 10 years, but ultimately lost the vote in the lower house.’last_img read more

Of dreams and desires in town

first_imgSapno Ki Pagdandi, refers to the path of dreams in English, which is exactly what this theatrical production tried to portray. It celebrated the dreams, desires and aspirations of children of Jagdamba Camp. Creative workshops and annual festivals offered a platform of creative learning and expression for the children.Held at Sri Aurobindo Society Campus, Adhchini , the performance was a part of the third annual creative arts festival of Pagdandi, Swechha’s non-formal learning programme for marginalised children. A total of 65 children in the age group of  6-18 years were a part of the musical production that was presented in three slots last weekend. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The shows were directed by master puppeteer Dadi Pudumjee’s Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust and mime and circus artist Andreas Ceska from Austria.The performance was marked by the use of elements of mime, circus arts and shadow puppetry. While the first day show was exclusively performed for the community (Jagdamba Camp), the other shows were open to all.The participating children had been learning the art of shadow puppetry, mime and circus arts for the past two months. Through these different art forms, a child’s world of dreams with butterflies, flowers, animals, friends, cars, planes and numerous other objects was beautifully presented. The show ended with a small percussion act by the kids using drumming and rhythmic instruments made from buckets, stones and waste bottles. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe campus was adorned with shimmering lights, stars, wings and huge colourful toffees. Outside the amphitheatre, there was also a huge installation of the children’s dreams using waste paper, flex and rice sack. The space also exhibited photographs clicked by the photography club initiated with adolescent girls, just out of school in Jagdamba camp.Swechha initiated Pagdandi in 2009 as an alternative non-formal space for the children of Jagdamba Camp, a slum community in Delhi. It caters to the learning needs of over a hundred children in the community. All the activities are conducted by volunteers, experts and Swechha staff.last_img read more

SC directs BJP to move HC over deadline plea

first_imgKolkata: The Supreme Court has directed the state BJP to move High Court over the extension of deadline of the last day of nomination for the forthcoming Panchayat election.The State Election Commission had announced the extension of the deadline by a day on Monday. On Tuesday, it had issued a fresh order, cancelling the earlier notification. This had created utter confusion among the Opposition parties and the state BJP had moved the High Court as well as the Supreme Court. Kalyan Banerjee, Trinamool MP and advocate, said it was clear that BJP had suppressed the fact and did not inform the High Court about the move it had made before the Supreme Court. BJP leaders, however, did not turn up on Wednesday.last_img read more

Tourism dept to build trekkers huts in Sandakphu area

first_imgDarjeeling: The West Bengal Tourism department is all set to build trekkers’ huts in the Sandakphu area. The decision comes on the wake of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee giving a call to improve tourism infrastructure in the Hills of Darjeeling and Kalimpong.Sandakphu, at an altitude of 12000 ft, is located in Singhalila National Park, one of the highest National Parks in the world.This National Park is a bio-diverse hotspot with a total area of 78.9 sq km. It is the natural habitat for rare flora and fauna. More than 20 species of Rhododendrons trees can be found here and it is the house for the famous Himalayan Black Bear and the Red Panda. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSandakphu offers breathtaking views of the Mount Everest, Mount Kanchenjunga and is a famous sunrise viewing spot. Phalut, at an altitude of 11,811 ft, is 21 km away from Sandakphu. Sadakphu is a world famous tourist destination.”The tourism department will be constructing three trekkers’ huts in the Sadakphu area. One will be built at Tonglu, one at Sandakphu and one at Phalut,” stated Joyoshi Das Gupta, District Magistrate, Darjeeling.Incidentally, a large numbers of tourists visit Sandakphu. However, the infrastructure is not sufficient to handle the number of tourists. There are two District Improvement (DI) Fund lodges under the State Government in the Sandakphu area out of which one was torched during the agitation. There are trekkers’ huts run by the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration along the route along with private Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedlodges. “Preliminary survey has already been conducted by the tourism department. The land has been earmarked by the District Magistrate. The architects will visit at the earliest and then a Detailed Project Report will be drawn up. The trekkers’ huts will be eco-friendly and light structures and will be wooden structures.We expect to complete the huts at the earliest,” stated Samrak Chakroborty, Deputy Director, North Bengal, Tourism department.Maneybhanjyang, 28 km from Darjeeling and located on the Indo-Nepal border is treated as the base camp for the Sandakphu trek or ride. The distance from Maneybhanjyang to Phalut via Sandakphu is 52 kms. Heritage Land Rovers are also available for driving up to Sandakphu.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee could be visiting Sandakphu during her next visit to Darjeeling. Earlier, the CM was scheduled to visit Sandakphu from 13th to 17th October in 2014. However, the trip was cancelled. During her recent visit to Kalimpong in the last week of May this year, the Singhalila Land Rover Association had welcomed her and invited her to visit Sandakphu. The CM’s had then expressed eagerness to visit Sandakphu.last_img read more

YHMs makeover includes new Kids Zone and selfie walls

first_img Friday, November 23, 2018 Travelweek Group Share Posted by YHM’s makeover includes new Kid’s Zone and ‘selfie’ wallscenter_img Tags: Airport, Hamilton HAMILTON — John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM) is sporting a brand new look these days after undergoing a terminal refresh.The airport partnered with The Laundry Design Works, a local design firm from Hamilton, to introduce a revitalized look that would reflect the growth happening both at the airport and throughout the city of Hamilton.To achieve this, The Laundry painted the walls in blue and green, both of which are used in the airport’s logo, and also included travel quotes on the walls to provide the perfect backdrop for ‘selfies’. These are visible throughout the airport, both pre- and post-security.Plus, an all-new Kid’s Zone has been relocated to the front of the Departures Lounge, featuring a window view of arriving and departing aircraft. The fun space, which sits atop soft artificial turf, offers new toys, games and a brand new flatscreen TV to ensure that every young passenger is entertained.Considered North America’s fastest growing airport, YHM served nearly 600,000 passengers in 2017, a year-over-year increase of 80%. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Because Mums Deserve to travel the World

first_imgBecause Mums Deserve [to travel] the WorldBecause Mums Deserve [to travel] the WorldClub Med loves mums and make sure they do everything they can to give her the relaxing holiday she deserves. From ensuring the little ones are well looked-after in the award-winning Kids Club, to nutritional and delicious food, activities galore, open bar for added relaxation and an adults-only Zen Pool for those rare and sacred moments of tranquility.Help your clients to spoil mum this Mother’s Day with the ultimate island escape and a trip she’ll never forget. Thanks to Club Med’s limited Mother’s Day Offer, your client’s family could be swimming in the tranquil seas of the Maldives, relaxing on the magnificent beaches in Indonesia or discovering the local culture in Thailand. Go on, they deserve it!By quoting the code: MUMLOV, your client’s mums will receive an extra $200 off their trip to Club Med Bali, Kani, Bintan Island or Phuket, with a minimum 6 nights stay required. Club Med’s Mother’s Day Offer applies to bookings with a minimum of 2 people when booked between 7 – 18 May 2018 for travel until October 2018. Blackout dates apply.Making their mum’s escape truly hassle-free, Club Med’s infamous all-inclusive package includes gourmet meals and snacks with international delicacies and traditional local cuisine, an open bar, a vast selection of activities, entertainment and kids clubs, in addition to accommodation.View details of this campaign, flyer, Facebook content and terms and conditions to assist sales here:https://www.clubmedta.com.au/special-offer/offers-for-clients-en-au/mothers-day-offer/Club Med Mother’s Day Offer is available for:Club Med Bali, Indonesia – Prices start from $890 per mum for 6 nights.Club Med Bali is a sanctuary for families and friends on the shores of Nusa Dua, set between fields of rice paddies and temples, with masses of space to unwind. Featuring traditional Balinese must-try experiences, Club Med Bali’s cultural highlights include Bahasa language lessons, Balinese ceremonies as well as arts and crafts*. Club Med Bali now offers Bugaboo strollers within the resort as part of the all-inclusive package, making family holidays even easier for parents with young children. For guests with a passion for action, there’s surfing lessons* and white water rafting* or wind down with a walk through the resort’s botanical track. The contemporarydesign of the resort, inspired by local culture, is the perfect place to rejuvenate your body and soul.Club Med Kani, the Maldives – Prices start from $1,610 per mum for 6 nights.Club Med Kani is the ultimate endless turquoise playground in the Maldives, suitable for families looking for an indulgent escape. Enjoy unique must-try experiences of the Maldives including Kani’s new state of the art Dive Centre, coral rebuilding program allowing guests to help repair damaged reefs*, surfing*, flyboard* and more! For kids there’s the resorts new Mini Club and Junior Club. Kani brings together delicious local cuisine, colourful marine life and pristine waters in one of the most beautiful places in the world. It truly is a bucket-list destination.Club Med Bintan Island, Indonesia – Prices start from $1,140 including ferry transfer per mum for 6 nights.Club Med Bintan Island is the ultimate holistic wellness escape, a short ferry ride from Singapore. The resort offers a new fitness and yoga menu including Yoga Palapa, night trapeze and juice bar all located in the heart of a magnificent tropical park, surrounded by private white sandy beach.Club Med Phuket, Thailand – Prices start from $745 per mum for 6 nights.At Club Med Phuket, take a moment to relax at the Zen pool, or experience the heart of Thai vibrancy. Enjoy unique experiences including a Thai boxing initiation, the resort’s photo zone with a Tuktuk*, and arts and crafts including Thai umbrella painting*.Club Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia – Prices start from $820 per mum for 6 nights.Club Med Cherating Beach is a step into the wild, where you can enjoy unique resort experiences including watching the release of turtle hatchlings* into the ocean at the nearby turtle sanctuary, jungle walks and yoga with breathtaking views. Whilst there, check out the resort’s must-try experiences including the new fitness and yoga menu or amazing firefly watching at night*.For bookings and enquiries call Club Med on 1800 258 263 or visit www.clubmed.com.au.Offer Terms and Conditions: Offer valid for sale from 7 May – 18 May 2018 for departures 7 May – 31 October 2018 for a minimum 6 nights consecutive stay. Offer is applicable for Club Med Bali, Club Med Kani, Club Med Bintan Island, Club Med Cherating Beach and Club Med Phuket only. Discount is applied to the standard price and is valid for the first female adult (18+) on a booking. Prices advertised are based on Adults (18+) in twin share accommodation. Pricing also available for Teens (12-17) and Children (4-11). Offer is valid for new bookings by Australian residents only and is subject to availability and may change without notice. Offer subject to quota per date of departure and to removal without notice once reached. Blackout dates may apply. Not valid for Group travel or in conjunction with any other offer. For full terms and conditions, please contact Club Med.Source = Club Medlast_img read more

Linear and catchup TV remains by far the top med

first_imgLinear and catch-up TV remains “by far the top medium” for global display advertising spend, despite decreasing viewing times, according to WARC’s latest Global Ad Trends report.The research claims that linear TV attracted more than US$140 billion in ad investment in 2018 across 12 key markets – more than double that of mobile internet ad spend, which came in second place at US$58 billion.WARC estimates that linear TV accounted for 41.9% of total display advertising across Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, UK and US. This marks a 1.0% year-on-year increase in spend and compares to mobile internet’s 16.8% ad share.“Linear TV’s core strength is reach, and whilst daily viewing time has fallen worldwide in recent years – coinciding with the steady rise in internet penetration – advertiser demand has not diminished,” according to the report. However, it did add that “linear TV’s dominating position has been eroding since 2009, mostly at the expense of mobile.”Daily time spent viewing linear TV fell to one hour 54 minutes during the first half of 2018, down four minutes from 2017 and 21 minutes from 2012, according to WARC. This coincides with a steady rise in internet penetration.Despite this, the cost-per-thousand (CPM) price of TV ad spots increased in WARC’s key markets this year – ranging from a 14% rise in India, to a 4% rise in the US and a 1% increase in Japan.WARC’s Media Allocation Report, which draws from campaign data from over 15,000 case studies, shows that successful, high-budget campaigns invest more in TV and allocate less to digital. Globally, alcoholic drink brands and financial services companies were found to be the biggest spenders on TV advertising.“TV is a stalwart of the advertising industry, used to deliver effective brand building campaigns with positive return on investment to a mass, engaged audience,” said James McDonald, data editor, WARC.“Addressable TV will be the next stage of evolution, though the US$1 billion spent worldwide this year is a fraction of total TV investment. As live TV still accounts for the majority of daily video consumption, the lure for advertisers is leveraging consumer data to get the right message in front of the right people at the right time.”last_img read more

Today everyone respects Arunachalam Muruganatham

first_imgToday, everyone respects Arunachalam Muruganatham, 52, a social entrepreneur who lives in the city of Coimbatore in South India. But there was a time, he says, when his neighbors were convinced he had lost his mind. Some even believed that he was a vampire.”It all started because I wanted to create a good sanitary napkin for my wife,” he laughs.That was back in 1998, when Muruganatham married Shanthi Natrajan. He saw that she would use torn rags to absorb the blood during the onset of her menstrual cycle. He was shocked to find out how common this practice was. Other women in the villages around Coimbatore would use whatever was at their disposal — wrapping small mounds of ash or sand in cloth to use as absorbents.Later that year, he began to experiment. He was intent on creating a cheaper sanitary napkin. “In the ’90s, the napkins were available in Indian stores and supermarkets, but because of high production costs, they were out of reach of many,” he says. And they weren’t always available in rural areas.At first, he thought he’d solved the problem when he wrapped tufts of cotton in gauze. Yet he soon realized that his handmade creation was flimsy and would disintegrate in minutes. It wasn’t easy to use either, his wife told him.But he wasn’t about to give up.Muruganatham’s single-minded obsession consumed nine years of his life and nearly cost him his marriage — but culminated with the invention of a machine that could manufacture low-cost, high-quality sanitary napkins. He was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2014. In 2016, he won an Indian national award, the Padma Shri, given to civilians for their contributions to society.And this week, a Bollywood film called Pad Man, will premiere in India. Starring matinee idol Akshay Kumar, the movie tells his story.”I was concerned about personal hygiene and how this would affect a woman’s health,” says Muruganatham. “I realized that the lack of proper sanitary napkins restricted a woman’s mobility and stifled her confidence.”Indeed, improper menstrual hygiene is linked with fungal infections as well as urinary and reproductive tract infections. “It was something I was determined to help with,” says Muruganatham.A Man, A Mission, A MovieThe movie Pad Man tells the story of this 10th grade dropout, and how despite crushing difficulties and repeated failure, he succeeded in changing the lives of rural women for the better.The son of a textile weaver, Muruganatham had spent many years working in an iron welding workshop where he found he was good with his hands and enjoyed building things.”I believed I could manufacture cheaper sanitary napkins if I could just build a more cost-effective machine,” says Muruganatham.In the initial years, he enlisted his wife’s help. “He was always making rudimentary versions of sanitary napkins for me, weaving it from cotton and cloth,” says Shanthi. “At first, it was very embarrassing when he demanded my feedback.”Muruganatham was baffled by the secrecy and shame around what he viewed as a natural physiological change.And then there were the centuries worth of menstrual taboos and superstitions to contend with. “Many women believed that they were impure at this time. Shanthi once told me that milk would curdle if she were to handle it during her period,” he says.Even today, many taboos surround menstruation in India. Women aren’t allowed to enter a Hindu temple during their period. In some rural homes, they’re forced to live in a makeshift room outdoors, in isolation for a week.”I was determined to build the machine since I was convinced that proper sanitary hygiene and greater access to sanitary napkins would take the mystery out of it and help fight misconceptions,” says Muruganatham. “But every time I tried, the design would be faulty and it would churn out substandard napkins.” He asked his wife to test the quality of his test napkins but realized it’d take a long time to get feedback. “I had to wait a month [to test each new batch] and that slowed me down considerably,” he says.To speed up the process, he sought other volunteers. But most women were too embarrassed even to speak to Muruganatham. He approached medical students from a nearby university, thinking they’d have a more enlightened view of menstruation. They weren’t keen on giving him feedback either.And rumors were rife. “Everyone was saying such nasty things,” says Shanthi. “They said he was going out with other women, that he had a perverted interest in sanitary napkins. It was a very difficult time.” Misunderstandings cropped up between the couple. In 2000, Shanthi took the painful decision to leave.In spite of his estrangement, Muruganatham continued his fervent experiments. “I couldn’t allow myself to feel disillusioned. I needed to focus,” he says.It wasn’t until 2002 that he was able to uncover the list of materials that went into commercially manufactured sanitary napkins. He wanted to analyze why those napkins were successful and his weren’t. He learned that the commercially manufactured napkins used cellulose fibers derived from pine bark wood pulp, which allowed them to retain their shape even when wet. He included these ingredients in his own napkins.Goat’s Blood TestSince he wasn’t able to get more volunteers, he decided to test the quality of his sanitary napkins by wearing them himself. Nature hadn’t given Muruganatham a womb, but he didn’t let that stop him.In 2005, he fashioned a rubber pouch, which he fixed with a holster to his hip. Then he’d pay the local butcher to deliver fresh goat’s blood whenever there was a slaughter. (Goats are slaughtered more regularly than cows and pigs.) “I had to fill the pouch quickly to test the sanitary napkin, or else the blood would congeal,” he says. A tube led from the rubber pouch to drip blood into the napkin he was wearing, simulating menstruation. This proved an effective way to determine if the napkins held up and didn’t disintegrate. But Muruganatham reeked from the stench of animal blood. Neighbors, wondering out loud whether he was a pervert or a vampire, ostracized him.”The isolation proved good for me,” he laughs. “It helped me keep up my single-minded focus.”A Machine Is BornIn 2006, his persistence paid off. Muruganatham finally created a portable, semi-automated machine, powered by electricity, that could fit in a small space of about 11 by 11 feet and churn out two napkins a minute.The machine functioned like a kitchen blender. It would break down fine pine wood into fluffy pulp which was then shaped into rectangular strips. These strips were wrapped in cloth and disinfected in an ultraviolet treatment unit.The machine only cost about $1,500 to build. And the napkins could be sold for only 2 to 3 cents each, a tenth of the price of other commercially made napkins.”After so many years of being shunned and avoided — people would actually cross to the opposite side of the street if they saw me coming — the recognition felt surreal at first,” he says. “I could hardly believe it was happening.”In that breakthrough year of 2006, Muruganatham’s machine won an award at the National Innovation Foundation of India. Later that year, he received seed funding to start constructing the machines on a larger scale. His company–Jaishree Industries– was born. (Jaishree means ‘the honor of victory’) It was also the year that he reconciled with his wife, when she called him after watching him on a TV interview.Since then, he has supplied over 4,000 machines to women in India and has shipped over 200 machines to 27 developing nations across the world.His story gripped Bollywood actor and author Twinkle Khanna, who wrote about him in her second book — The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad — a collection of short stories. One of these fictional tales was based on Muruganatham’s life.She went on to produce the biopic Pad Man.”My primary motivation to make a movie on menstruation was to bring awareness to a subject that so far has been tucked away in shadows and like Voldemort is never mentioned,” says Khanna. “Pad Man, I am hoping, is more than a movie — it’s part of a movement where women are no longer hampered, embarrassed or held back because of their biology.”Her husband, leading man Akshay Kumar plays the role of Muruganatham. He’s no stranger to movies with a social agenda; he starred in Toilet — A Love Story, a 2017 movie that promoted the importance of indoor plumbingTrue to the Bollywood tradition, the movie has five songs. “Aaj Se Teri” pays tribute to Pad Man’s love for his wife. In “The Pad Man Song,” the leading man wears a pad, just as Muruganatham once did. The lyrics say how he never had an opportunity to go to college, but now, college students are studying his work.The song “Sayaani” covers the rituals surrounding a woman’s first period in India, from pouring turmeric water over her body to applying turmeric and sandalwood paste to her cheeks. The lyrics imply that the first period is a life-changing event that should be celebrated.Muruganatham laughs as he recalls the way he reacted when Khanna called him a couple of years ago to discuss film rights. “I didn’t take her offer seriously at first. I tried brushing her off. I said I was in London on a trip, and she said, great, let’s meet, because I’m in London too.” And so they did.Today, the movie has launched a viral social media campaign to get men talking about periods: The biggest Bollywood stars are posing with sanitary napkins in hand in the #PadManChallenge.There’s been some pushback, calling the campaign “a stupid marketing gimmick.”But Muruganatham is on board. In fact, he was the first to kick off this campaign on social media. “Its not about a photo,” he tweets. “Its all about breaking the taboo & initiating the conversation, Period!” Pun intended!Kamala Thiagarajan is a freelance journalist based in Madurai, South India. Her work has appeared in The International New York Times, BBC Travel and Forbes India. You can follow her @kamal_t Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Seeing a Brand Probortunity Tinder Awards Scholarship to Sorority Girl Penalized for

first_img Image credit: Gabriel Olsen / Contributor Seeing a Brand ‘Probortunity,’ Tinder Awards Scholarship to Sorority Girl Penalized for Using the Viral Dating App Branding –shares Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Former West Coast Editorcenter_img April 25, 2016 Next Article Tinder has an image problem it can’t simply swipe away. The popular app is often viewed as a shameless hookup tool, not as a benevolent, respectable conduit through which deep, lasting human matches are made, as co-founder Sean Rad has long tried to spin it.Now, in his latest move, it appears the controversial CEO is positioning Tinder as a vehicle for female empowerment. Rad recently awarded a University of Nebraska Omaha junior a $20,000 full-year scholarship after she was threatened to be booted from her sorority, Chi Omega. The grounds for her near-expulsion: donning a shirt displaying the sorority’s letters in her Tinder profile pic.Related: Tinder’s Sean Rad: Be Real, Be Vulnerable and Confide in Your Co-WorkersShannon Workman (center)Image credit: Shannon Workman | FacebookThe student, Shannon Workman, was told by Chi Omega’s executive committee that her Tinder photo breached its “Human Dignity” code. “They just don’t think that Chi Omega should be involved with that site,” she told Buzzfeed, of the committee members who initiated the process to revoke her membership. They informed Workman of their plans to penalize her during an emergency meeting, which she cut short by walking out in protest. She did, however, take down the profile photo in question.News of Workman’s looming dismissal, which also prompted her to resign, presented Tinder with a so-called “probortunity,” an opportunity born of a problem. In this case, a prime branding probortunity. Speaking up on behalf of a user who took part in a sorority is on-brand for Tinder, as it’s deeply rooted in the Greek system, Sean Rad told Entrepreneur this morning.“Sorority and fraternity members were our earliest adopters and that demographic is still one of our most active user groups today,” Rad said, pointing out that Tinder was launched at the University of Southern California through the Greek system. “When we found out what Shannon was going through, we wanted to help and turn the experience into a positive one.”Related: What You Can Learn From ‘Glamour’s’ Brand-Tarnishing Amy Schumer ‘Plus Size’ GaffeRad also noted that this is the first time Tinder has offered a scholarship to anyone. “We have paid interns at Tinder, but it’s the first time we reached out to someone whose story inspired us and asked them to be part of the team,” he said. “[Workman’s] actions showed a depth of leadership and courage that is admirable and something we value as part of our company culture. We always want to stand up for our users who stand up for us.”Whatever you do, college kids, don’t stop Netflix and chilling via Tinder, just because the viral app has a bad rap.On top of offering to pay for Workman’s entire senior year, Rad went a step further. He offered the student a paid internship at Tinder’s trendy West Hollywood, Calif., headquarters. She is considering both offers, but has yet to make up her mind. In the meantime, she sounds an awful lot like an ideal brand ambassador.“I do stand up for Tinder because I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it,” she told Buzzfeed. “Some people use it for hookups but I don’t, and a lot of great things happen through Tinder.”Related: Tinder Co-Founder Sean Rad on the Hot Dating App’s Viral SuccessDavid Gerzof Richard, branding expert and founder and president of Boston-based tech PR firm BIGfish Communications, said Rad’s scholarship offer is a branding homerun. “This is a brilliant, heads-up move by Tinder,” he told Entrepreneur. “The company has taken a lemon of a situation experienced by one of its users and turned it into lemonade for both that customer and the Tinder brand.”Better yet, Gerzof Richard, also a marketing professor at Emerson College, said, is the flurry of press Rad’s strategy quickly stirred up. “The main message conveyed through that coverage being: ‘Tinder is a good guy. Tinder has your back.’”He also said that a PR campaign that attracts such overwhelmingly positive coverage “would typically be extremely expensive, but it only cost Tinder a year’s scholarship and a paid internship at Tinder. Everyone came out a winner in this situation.” Enroll Now for $5 4 min read Kim Lachance Shandrowlast_img read more