Uttarakhand At least 17 dead in Uttarkashi cloudburst Doon hospital prepares emergency

first_imgUttarakhand: At least 17 people have died after a cloudburst hit Uttarkashi region of Uttarakhand on Sunday, officials confirmed. The Secretary (Incharge) of Disaster Management, S A Murugesan, today said to reporters, “17 people have died in the cloud burst in Mori Tehsil of Uttarkashi.” Earlier, it was reported that at least five people went missing and several houses were completely uprooted in the region. Finance Secretary Amit Negi, Inspector General (IG) Sanjay Gunjyal, and Uttarkashi District Magistrate (DM) Ashish Chauhan today reached Uttarkashi to take stock of the situation in Arakot following cloud-burst in the region. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsMajor damage was reported in Arakot, Makudi and Tikochi villages of the state. All the three villages are connected to Himachal Pradesh and the road joining them has been washed away due to the cloudburst. A house was also washed away in Arakot and two people present in the house were swept away. According to Superintendent of Police (SP) Uttarkashi Pankaj Bhatt, the Disaster Management team has left to carry out rescue and evacuation process in the region. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayTo hasten the relief process, the Emergency Wing at Doon Hospital in Dehradun has prepared to take-up patients being brought from Uttarkashi. Uttarkashi District Magistrate Ashish Chauhan has also declared a holiday in all government schools and Anganwadi centers of Uttarkashi for August 19, Monday, in view of forecast of heavy rainfall. In Makudi, the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) confirmed that a woman was buried under the debris of her house following a cloud burst. Meanwhile, the Tons River in Uttarkashi’s Mori Tehsil is overflowing due to incessant rain followed by a cloudburst. The state government has dispatched teams of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and SDRF to carry out rescue and evacuation process. A portion of a footbridge over Sutlej river in Chaba area of Shimla also collapsed yesterday after the water level in the river increased due to heavy rainfall in the region. The bridge provided connectivity to Shakra, Baaladi, Bindla, and Jedvi villages. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast “heavy to very heavy rainfall” in the state in next 24 hours. “The ongoing widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi is likely to continue for next 24 hours and reduce thereafter,” the MeT department said. (With inputs from DNA)last_img read more

Mom fears losing access to experimental drug that helped daughter after study

first_imgTORONTO – Arzu Ozkose is caught in a dilemma she says no mother should have to face.Her 10-year-old daughter, Alara, suffered debilitating seizures caused by Dravet syndrome, but has improved dramatically while taking a cannabis oil being tested as part of a clinical trial at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. Yet once the study ends in a couple of months, Ozkose has been told she will have to pay for the drug, which costs about $1,800 a month — an amount the single mother said she can’t afford.“I don’t even want to think to drop this medication, which saved my daughter’s life,” said Ozkose, calling the cannabis oil a “miracle” because Alara went from having about 100 seizures a day to none after starting the drug. “Who can want that as a parent?”The drug maker has said it will offer a discount based on financial need for children who responded well to the medication, but Ozkose’s predicament highlights a much broader issue: do pharmaceutical companies have an ethical obligation to keep supplying experimental medications to patients who take part in clinical trials to test their products as part of the process of bringing them to market?The cannabis oil provided for the clinical trial by Tilray contains a high amount of cannabidiol, or CBD, which studies have shown can reduce seizures in some children with treatment-resistant epilepsy, and a far lower concentration of “high-producing” THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).The Sick Kids study is testing the preparation in 20 kids with Dravet, looking at its safety and what dose works best.While the small trial was not designed to examine effectiveness of the cannabis oil, Ozkose said that since starting it early last year, Alara no longer has the grand mals or dozens of smaller seizures daily that put her in constant danger of falling and injuring herself.“Mostly she couldn’t walk on the street,” said Ozkose, who came to Canada from Turkey with her daughter about two years ago. “I can’t describe it. It’s like you’re losing your child in all the moments. All the moments you have that fear in your life.”Though Alara contends with side-effects such as sleepiness and weight gain, she is now able to go to school and able to run around and swim.But Ozkose, a mining engineer in Turkey who now works as a yoga teacher and life coach in Toronto, said she doesn’t earn enough to pay for the cannabis oil once the trial ends in June. “Her seizures will start again and maybe she won’t be able to go to school again because she falls down and she may hit her head or die.”She’s thankful her daughter was enrolled in the trial, but said it’s unfair that Alara and her fellow patients may be cast adrift once it’s completed.“I feel that they use us and then they finish and they just throw us away.”However, Tilray’s director of clinical research said the B.C.-based company has made a commitment to ensure that patients who have responded will have access to the drug after the trial.“We are putting in place a compassionate pricing program for children with Dravet syndrome and we’ll offer discounts of up to 60 per cent, based on financial need,” said Catherine Jacobson.“And we as a company will ensure first of all that no child that was in the trial will not be able to continue getting the medication when the follow-up period ends,” she said. “So we can assure parents that these kids won’t just stop receiving their medicine.”Some families may get a larger discount, should they be in dire financial need, said Jacobson, who has a son with another form of severe epilepsy and knows well what parents go through trying to find medications that work to control their child’s seizures. About 30 per cent of patients with severe epilepsy are unable to get their seizures under control.“And I think companies in general bear an ethical responsibility to make sure that those families (who participate in clinical trials) still have access to study drugs,” said Jacobson, adding that Tilray is advocating with insurance companies to cover medical cannabis products “at least for this vulnerable patient population.”Jonathan Kimmelman, director of biomedical ethics at McGill University, agreed companies have some obligation to continue to provide care for patients who take part in studies to test experimental products.“Any time a patient participates in a trial, they’re volunteering their body to advance science,” he said from Montreal. “And if it’s a trial being run by a pharmaceutical company, they’re volunteering their bodies to advance the goals of the pharmaceutical company, whether that’s a big pharmaceutical company or a small one.“And they are entitled to some kinds of protection and respect, and they’re also entitled to some degree of reciprocity.”A spokesperson for Innovative Medicines Canada, which represents brand-name pharmaceutical producers, could not comment on the issue, saying “it is up to the purview of each company whether or not to provide medicines to trial participants at a discounted price or for free, and under what conditions, after a clinical trial.”Kimmelman said that under a policy on ethical conduct by Canada’s three major public research investment bodies — including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research — scientists who receive funding are directed to make “reasonable efforts” to continue access to a drug post-trial for patients who appeared to have benefited from the treatment.An international policy initiated by the World Health Organization also sets out ethical guidelines for researchers, saying that if discontinuing an intervention would deprive a patient of basic capabilities or reduce quality of life attained during a study, “then the obligation will be greater than if an intervention provides relief for a minor or transient condition.”That obligation may also be greater where there are no existing interventions with similar effectiveness, the document adds.Kimmelman said when a person volunteers for a research study, they should benefit in some way from the knowledge that’s been gained.“It’s true pharmaceutical companies are there to develop a product and make revenue, but that doesn’t in any way excuse them from upholding ethical standards when patients volunteer their bodies to participate in clinical trials,” he said.“You can’t just dump patients at the side of the road and say: ‘Hey, thanks for helping us answer our questions. See you later.’”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

New Fatwa Prohibits Building Snowman in Saudi Arabia

Agadir – Following the recent snowfall in the north of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Mohammad Saleh Al Munajid formally prohibits building snowman, describing it as idols worship.“Who said building a snowman is an innocent activity”? Said Mohammad Saleh Al-Munajid, one of the most influential sheikhs of Saudi Arabia,who has just issued a Fatwa prohibiting the hobby of snowman building.At IslamQA.info, where the Sheikh, meets his followers online to answer their questions about Islam, he declared his new Fatwa after the recent snowfall in Saudi Arabia. “We should stop building idols of snow, even if it is for fun” Adding that idols of snow are “anti-Islamic.”In Islam, Allah has given people the freedom to build anything they want as long as it contains no soul, such as, boats, houses, etc … “A snowman does not make the exception” some said on social media.On Twitter, Saudis were quick to ridicule this fatwa creating the Hashtag “#fatwa to ban snowmen.”#????_??????_?????_????? ???? ?? ?? ???? pic.twitter.com/LtQOahb8F2— Jory.Al.Assad (@jory8080) January 13, 2015This Is No Joke: New Fatwa Prohibits Building Snowmen in Saudi Arabia. #????_??????_?????_????? via @JustAmira http://t.co/yM5hu7ZVY4— Fadi Ata (@AtaFadi) January 13, 2015 read more

National Bank boosts dividend as Q2 profit surges to 484 million

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted May 31, 2017 5:06 am MDT Last Updated May 31, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email National Bank boosts dividend as Q2 profit surges to $484 million MONTREAL – National Bank of Canada (TSX:NA) is raising its quarterly dividend following a second-quarter profit that more than doubled to $484 million, beating analyst estimates.The country’s sixth-largest bank said Wednesday that its net income amounted to $1.28 per diluted share, up from 52 cents per share or $210 million in last year’s second quarter.Its dividend will increase by two cents per share or 3.6 per cent to 58 cents per share, starting with the Aug. 1 payment.“Our strong performance was driven by double-digit growth across all our businesses, effective cost control, growth of our balance sheet while maintaining credit quality and continued progress in our transformation,” CEO Louis Vachon said in a conference call.Revenue for the period ended April 30 was up 12 per cent to just under $1.6 billion.In addition to the dividend hike, the bank announced it may also buy back up to 1.8 per cent of its shares from the open market.Vachon told analysts that the Montreal-based bank will spend the coming year integrating its investment in Cambodia’s ABA Bank and won’t pursue any significant new investments in emerging markets.Last year’s second-quarter included a $183-million after-tax provision for credit losses for loans to the oil and gas sector that were partially reversed this year.The head of risk management, William Bonnell, said the bank is confident that its current provisions for loan losses are adequate despite continued volatility in energy prices. read more

Tall men at greater risk of death from prostate cancer Oxford study

first_imgMan prostate  Tall men are more likely than shouter counterparts to die from prostate cancer, new research from Oxford University has found.Every extra four inches (10cm) in a man’s height led to a 21 per cent increased risk of developing high-grade deadly tumours – and a 17 per cent greater chance of death from the disease, the study showed.Larger waistbands were also linked to higher rates of death from prostate cancer, and higher rates of the aggressive form of the disease.Researchers said there were several reasons why taller men might be at greater risk.Taller men have more cells overall, as well as larger prostate volumes. In addition, the hormones and foods which promote growth in childhood may increase the risk of prostate cancer, they said.Each year more than 46,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer and around 11,000 die from it.Lead researcher Dr Aurora Perez-Cornago, from Oxford University, said: “The finding of high risk in taller men may provide insights into the mechanisms underlying prostate cancer development, for example related to early nutrition and growth.”The study found that a healthy body weight reduced the chance of death from prostate cancer. Researchers said obesity might increase the risk because it changes hormone levels which may increase the risk of the disease.  Hollywood actor Ben Stiller recently spoke about his history of prostate cancer Credit:PA Ben Stiller  The link with height, reported in the journal BMC Medicine,  meant a higher chance of cancers that fell into the “tiger” category, as well as a higher risk of deaths from prostate cancer overall. Dr Perez-Cornago said: “These results emphasise the importance of studying risks for prostate cancer separately by stage and grade of tumour. They may also inform strategies for prevention, but we need to do further work to understand why the differences in risk exist.”Dr Matthew Hobbs, deputy director of research at Prostate Cancer UK said: “It is certainly interesting that, according to this research, certain physical characteristics appear to increase a man’s likelihood of developing aggressive prostate cancer, as it might provide pointers to help uncover certain genetic markers and early developmental processes which hold significance in terms of causing the disease to develop.”It also underlines once again the importance of living a healthy lifestyle to help defend against a host of diseases, including prostate cancer.”Susannah Brown, senior scientist at the World Cancer Research Fund, said: “This study supports our own research which also found an increased risk of prostate cancer in taller men. The link can be explained by thinking of height as a marker of the growth process that occurs earlier in life.”While we may not be able to change our height, men can take action to help reduce their risk of advanced prostate cancer by being a healthy weight.”In fact if every man in the UK maintained a healthy weight, about one in 10 cases could be prevented each year.”center_img Prostate cancer treatment can involve hormone therapyCredit:Alamy They also said it was possible that the disease was more deadly in obese men, because it was more difficult to detect, and thus likely to be found at a later stage.Each four  inch increase in waist circumference was associated with an 18 per cent increased risk of dying from prostate cancer, and a 13 per cent greater likelihood of having a high-grade disease.The scientists drew on findings from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (Epic), a large scale study with 141,896 male participants from eight countries including the UK.They analysed data on 7,024 prostate cancers, including 726 high grade and 1,388 advanced stage cancers, and 934 prostate cancer deaths.Prostate cancer tumours can be slow growing “pussycats” or aggressive and potentially deadly “tigers”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Rising success of IVF has caused a collapse in adoption says head

Improvements in IVF are leading to fewer children being adopted, the head of the organisation representing children in care in England says today. But in an interview with The Telegraph today, Anthony Douglas, the chief executive of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), says the growing success of IVF means fewer people will consider adopting children. Since the dawn of fertility treatment in 1978, success rates in the NHS have risen from 7 to 29 per cent for under-35s. Some private clinics claim rates of more than 50 per cent, meaning infertile couples stand a better chance than ever of having their own children. “IVF used to be around 7 per cent successful and… read more

HealyRae wants debate on expanding gun ownership in Ireland

first_imgUpdated 11.53am THE INDEPENDENT TD Michael Healy-Rae has called for a debate on the possibility of expanding gun ownership in Ireland particularly in rural areas to allow people to protect their homes and property.The Kerry South TD, who legally owns three different guns, has raised the possibility that people should be allowed to buy guns to protect themselves, something which is not currently legal in Ireland.Speaking to Today with Pat Kenny on RTÉ Radio this morning, Healy-Rae said that regulations already in place would mean it would not be a big problem to expand the terms under which guns can be acquired in Ireland.“People who possess gun licences, they treat their licence with respect, they treat their gun with respect, they don’t want anybody who should not be holding that gun to ever get near it,” he said.“So that wouldn’t really be, to me, a very big problem because of the regulations that are already in place.”The independent deputy accused the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter of having “failed and failed in an awful way” to protect people in rural communities, citing the recent closure of over a hundred garda stations which he claimed was actually costing the government more.The Department of Justice referred a query about Healy-Rae’s remarks to the Garda Commissioner who it said was the head of the licensing authority.An Garda Síochána said it was not in a position to comment on legislation or proposals made about legislation or remarks made by politicians.The Irish Examiner which carries quotes from Healy-Rae this morning, says that there are currently 220,000 firearms certificates on issue in Ireland, the vast majority are for shotguns used for sport and hunting rifles.Healy-Rae also defended a quote from him that appears in the latest edition of the Garda Review in which he states: “It’s no harm for these criminals to know that if they engage in this type of activity they may leave the home that they break into in a wooden box.”He told RTÉ this morning that he would “stand over that comment any day of the week”.He added: “If a person is of the mind that they think they can break into somebody’s house, terrorise them and get away with it completely, they must remember that sometimes it can go against them and they may leave the house in a wooden box.”Read: Healy-Rae wants Killarney’s “annoying and unusual” mystery noise investigatedRead: Healy-Rae vindicated as 2013 licence plates to avoid ‘unlucky 13′last_img read more

Latest Internet Watch Foundation report shows Europe now hosts 60 of child

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited Kingdom, April 5, 2017 – London – Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) today releases its latest global data on the identification, hosting, distribution and removal of child sexual abuse images and videos.  The report reveals Europe now hosts the majority of child sexual abuse webpages (60%), with North America moving to second place (37%). In contrast, UK now hosts less than 0.1% of child sexual abuse imagery globally, and this is due to the zero tolerance approach the internet industry in the UK takes.Among the key findings of the report, IWF found a 258% increase in the abuse of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) being used to show child sexual abuse imagery compared to 2015. Furthermore, 94% of URLs were hosted on a free-to-use service where no payment was required to create an account or upload the content.Criminals are increasingly using masking techniques to hide child sexual abuse images and videos on the internet and leaving clues to paedophiles so they can find it – hidden behind legal content. In 2016, The IWF found 1,572 websites using this method to hide child sexual abuse imagery. This is an increase of 112% on the 743 disguised websites identified in 2015.Further key findings include:92% of all child sexual abuse URLs identified globally in 2016 were hosted in five countries: Netherlands (37%), USA (22%), Canada (15%), France (11%), and Russia (7%).Social networks are among the least abused site types. Image hosting sites (72%) and cyberlockers (11%) were the most abused services.57,335 URLs contained child sexual abuse imagery and these were hosted on 2,416 domains worldwide. This is a 21% increase from 1,991 in 2015. Five top level domains (.com .net .se .io .cc) accounted for 80 per cent of all webpages identified as containing child sexual abuse images and videos.Recognising that the internet has no borders, IWF opened additional reporting portals* in 16 countries, offering more people worldwide the chance to rid the internet of this content.  Susie Hargreaves OBE, IWF CEO, said: “The shift of child sexual abuse imagery hosting to Europe shows a reversal from previous years.  Criminals need to use good internet hosting services which offer speed, affordability, availability and access.  Services which cost nothing, and allow people to remain anonymous, are attractive.“The IWF offers a quick and effective system of self-regulation; we work with our Members to make the internet safer and we do this on the global stage.“Whilst it’s positive that the UK continues to remain hostile to child sexual abuse material, the global picture isn’t good. We’ve opened reporting portals across the globe with more planned. In other countries, internet companies are exploited and, worst of all, children who have been sexually abused are further exploited.  Internet companies and large businesses who are doing nothing, or too little, to address online child sexual abuse imagery need to step up and work with us.”Mary Durham, Inspector in charge of Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Unit in the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force said, “Since the introduction of the portal in the TCI we have not received any reports but it has shown that a number of persons have visited the site and are aware of the mechanisms that are in place for anonymous reporting of child sexual abuse images and videos. We have been educating the public about the use of the portal through presentations and via social media.“We will continue to work towards promoting the portal and the importance of it as we aim towards protecting and safeguarding our children.”Anyone can report suspected child sexual abuse images and videos anonymously at www.iwf.org.uk/tc.Press Release: RTCIPFlast_img read more

Indianas Steinbarger Testifies before Senate Agriculture Committee on 2012 Drought and Importance

first_imgAnngie Steinbarger, a soybean and corn farmer from Edinburgh, Ind., testified this morning on the importance of crop insurance and risk management for soybean farmers as part of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry’s first hearing on the farm bill in the 113th Congress. Testifying on behalf of the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the American Soybean Association (ASA), Steinbarger joined farmers representing the livestock and specialty crop industries in detailing the impacts of the historic drought of 2012 and expressing the importance of protecting crop insurance as Congress moves to pass a comprehensive farm bill later this year.”The number one barrier to increasing our yields is lack of water. Dry weather in the months of July and August always limits our yield potential. We find crop insurance an effective tool in managing risk when we experience these weather events,” said Steinbarger in her testimony. “We began using crop insurance is 1991 as a way to maintain our cash reserves and prevent the need to borrow operating money. … Our goal is not to make money off of crop insurance but to balance our yearly revenue so we will have operating money for the following crop year.”Steinbarger also noted her farm’s use of conservation tillage to reduce erosion and water use. “To manage our thin light soil types, we started our farming operation employing conservation tillage techniques such as CRP and NRCS cost share funding. To this day we still are advocates of no till farming as a way to preserve our soil and maintain soil moisture,” she added.Finally, Steinbarger joined her fellow witnesses in reinforcing the fact that crop insurance is not a profit center for farmers; rather, it is a way for farms to remain financially stable enough to plant again in the coming year. “We paid a substantial premium for crop insurance,” she said. “… and that decision is keeping us in business for the 2013 crop year.”For a transcript of Steinbarger’s testimony, please click here.ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through voluntary farmer membership by farmers in 30 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Patrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orgKatie Thomas, ISA Public Affairs Program Manager, 317-775-1299, kthomas@indianasoybean.comlast_img read more

Missing man last seen in Southwest MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man who went missing in Southwest Miami-Dade.According to police, 61-year-old Tommy Knight was last seen near Southwest 196th Street and 113th Avenue.Knight is a described as a black man who stands 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a brown vest, blue shirt, blue jeans and a blue baseball cap.If you have seen this man or know if his whereabouts, please call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Police arrest suspect in Coral Gables carjacking

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The Subject we have been looking for, Angel Parra is IN CUSTODY! Our Detectives are continuing to process and interview the subject who was arrested by Hialeah PD on unrelated charges under a fictitious name. Another armed robber is off the street thanks to the work of our Det’s https://t.co/xnDywejAHo— Coral Gables Police (@CoralGablesPD) February 16, 2019Officials said the incident happened along the 1100 block of Asturia Avenue, last Friday.Fortunately, no one was hurt during the carjacking. CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – Coral Gables Police have arrested a teen suspected of being one of two men who carjacked a Mercedes SUV.Seventeen-year-old Angel Parra was taken into custody, Friday.Parra is accused of stealing the SUV from a woman at gunpoint.last_img read more

Ahead of Cyclone Fani PM Modi prays for safety of people in

first_imgTwitter/PIBThe Indian Meteorological Department said on Monday that Cyclone Fani may become severe by the end of the day. It is currently over the Bay of Bengal and is moving northeast at the speed of 21 kilometres per hour.Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Monday that he is praying for everyone’s safety and that he has asked the concerned authorities to have disaster management and preventive measures in place.He tweeted, “Spoke to officials regarding the situation arising due to Cyclone Fani. Asked them to take preventive measures and be prepared to provide all possible assistance. Also urged them to work closely with Governments of the affected states. Praying for everyone’s safety and wellbeing.”PM Modi also asked the cabinet secretary to arrange a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) to make a plan of action.The IMD said on Monday that by tracking the movement of the cyclone, it will go 300 km away from Chennai coast before moving north-northeast after Wednesday. They also predicted that the cyclone will turn into a severe storm.”The cyclone threat for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry has subsided with the cyclone Fani keeping away from anywhere near the shores,” the IMD said. The cyclone is said to bring light rain to the Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh coastlines in the next two days, much to the relief of the resident in the latter state after the mercury levels were steadily rising in the past week.It is difficult to accurately predict the trajectory of the cyclone more than five days in advance. “Till as far as we can see, this cyclone is remaining over sea. It will make landfall only after May 2. As such, we would be clearer about the landfall event by the afternoon of April 30. As of now, we can see the trajectory turning away from the land around April 30. If it continues in the same trajectory, a landfall over southern Odisha can be expected. But it can turn further away as well. Regular warnings are being issued and will continue to be issued,” IMD Director General KJ Ramesh was quoted as saying by Indian Express.last_img read more

TMC to hold competition in N 24Pgs to judge peoples knowledge about

first_imgKolkata: The North 24-Parganas district Trinamool Congress will hold competitions in all wards and blocks across the district, where people will have to speak for seven minutes on the development projects of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.The district administration is hopeful that this initiative will contribute in raising awareness about the various schemes of the government in the best possible manner.”The competition will start from August 16. It will commence right from the village level and then extend to the blocks and towns and finally, there will be a competition in the district level. It will also build awareness about the development schemes undertaken by our party supremo Mamata Banerjee,” said Jyotipriya Mallick, district president of TMC North 24-Parganas. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe decision was taken at the core committee meeting of North 24-Parganas that was held on Sunday.A source in the district TMC said that Trinamool Youth Congress will organise the entire matter and the district-wise competition will be held sometime in the month of September. The whole idea has been conceived by Abhishek Banerjee, who is the president of the party’s youth wing.”It will be a sort of talent hunt for creating a panel of good speakers and show that we do not always need senior leaders for holding rallies successfully,” a TMC leader said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed her party leaders to ensure that more and more people in the state get the benefits of the various projects taken by her government, that include Kanyashree, Rupashree, Sabuj Sathi, Sabujshree and Khadya Sathi to name a few. “This stride will help us reach every doorstep and we hope that this will be a model for the other parts of the state,” the leader maintained.Mallick said from August 1 to 14 there will be meetings at every booth level, where the party will be raising voice against the BJP government’s anti-people policies.last_img read more

We Cant Help But Feel a Little Weirded Out by This Japanese

first_imgDecember 16, 2016 Brought to you by Engadget Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Gatebox AI is an unusual virtual assistant that involves a projected CGI character kind-of trapped in a jar — with voice controls! The sales pitch is that this virtual assistant will give the sensation of living with a fictional character, or according to how creator Vinclu Inc. words it, “your heroes.” Which is fine, if your hero is a non-spectacular CGI anime character with blue hair and excessively submissive temperament. Behind the virtual idol/slave gloss, Gatebox AI’s assistant functions approach a bare-bones Amazon Echo.According to the preorder site, Gatebox’s debut character Hikari has the “ultimate healing voice” (uh huh) and the J-Pop AI will adjust to your daily rhythms, welcoming you home or sensing when you get up. According to the demo video, the CGI “dimension traveller” will be able to switch on your lights and other home appliances based on your movement or orders. The device includes infrared tech, meaning it should be able to talk to not-so-smart home appliances that aren’t Wi-Fi-connected. (Of course, there’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for anything smart you do own.)The character is made up of a two-dimensional rear projected image, and you’ll be able to play other videos if you hook-up a PC to its HDMI port. When it comes to interacting with users, the Gatebox has a camera and other (unspecified) sensors to detect movement and even the owner’s face.Unlike the Echo (or even Siri), you’ll have to physically press the mic button on the Gatebox to talk to your rear-projected idol; the device won’t just pick up your oral commands. The company admits there’s only limited conversation interactions anyhow, although there’s a text message-based Chatbot for Hikari if you’re also not much of a talker. You’ll be able to text her, even though she isn’t real. She’ll get lonely if you come home late, apparently, but again, she is not real.There’s a limited run of 300 Gearboxes, on pre-order until mid January 2017, with delivery currently penned for December 2017. You’ll have to really like the idea of a tiny trapped anime character of your own: pre-orders cost 298,000 yen — which is roughly $2,500. Hit up the creepy source link for more details. (She likes donuts.) Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » 2 min readlast_img read more

Help the father of the late Sadhna Sriram who tragically lost her

first_imgAlso read: Woman killed in horror crash at Limit Hill robotsThe collision between a Volvo truck carrying cattle and a silver Ford Figo took place near Ladysmith during the early hours of the morning of July 8 this year.The message below was posted on Facebook by Joy Sriram…The message posted on FacebookAny information concerning the accident will be very helpful to the father and the family of the deceased.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Facebook has been abuzz with activity from yesterday (August 3), when the father of the late Sadhna Sriram posted a message on the social media site.Father Joy Sriram is pleading for assistance concerning the crash that claimed the life of his daughter and her boyfriend on the N3 just outside Ladysmith.Also read: 10-year-old girl killed in tragic crash on her way to a funeral with her mother just outside LadysmithAlso read: Watch: Taxi in Ladysmith falls into massive sinkhole near high schoolAlso read: 3 vehicles involved in crash in busy Ladysmith streetlast_img read more


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