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first_imgAHMEDABAD: With 280 deaths and 3,220 reported cases, swine flu has emerged as a major challenge for the Gujarat government.The flu killed more than 100 people in the last 10 days and more than 1,000 new cases were reported across the state, particularly in the cities of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Surat, which account for more than 60% of the cases and deaths.Authorities expect the death toll to rise sharply because as on Monday, as many as 1,981 people were under treatment in various hospitals across the state. “It is expected to go up because more than 150 new cases are coming in daily compared to those getting discharged,” said a senior medical officer in Ahmedabad Civil Hospital.To contain the spread of H1N1, Rajkot police commissioner has banned public fairs, which are organised in the festival season in August and September. Jamnagar administration has also cancelled permission to fairs.“We have directed the district administrations to take a call whether to allow public events with large gatherings because this viral infection is spreading rapidly,” a senior government official said, adding that the state authorities and civic bodies had launched a statewide awareness campaign.On Monday, the state government has constituted a task force to monitor the situation. All private and government hospitals have been given stock of Tamiflu, the tablet given to those diagnosed with H1N1 virus.last_img read more

first_imgAyman al ZawahiriBanned terror outfit Al Qaeda has named Egypt-born Ayman al Zawahiri as its new chief following the killing of its founder leader Osama bin Laden by US commandos on May 2 in a special operation in Pakistan, a website known to be affiliated with the terror network posted on Thursday.”The general command of Al Qaeda announces, after consultations, the appointment of Sheikh Ayman al Zawahiri as head of the group,” said the statement, issued in the name of the general command and posted on an Islamist website.Laden was killed in a US commando raid in Pakistan’s garrison town Abbottabad. Zawahiri, who turns 60 next week, was Laden’s second-in-command for quite sometime.Zawahiri’s father was a pharmacology professor at Cairo University’s medical school and his grandfather was the grand imam of Al Azhar University, a premier centre of religious study.- With agency inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

first_imgIt wouldn’t be wrong to write that my world came crashing down when I learnt that my health and fitness levels weren’t as great as I thought them to be. Having taken a vascular age test–a test that can predict the future incidence of stroke or heart attack and may very well be an indicator of the need to reverse or halt cardiovascular diseases in the future–I was in for a rude, nasty shock.Working out (almost) regularly and being a conscious eater on most days of my life, I thought my health report card would have only clear cut distinctions to brag about, but hell, I was so wrong.There I was, sitting with a cardiologist at the recently opened Sens anti-ageing and wellness clinic in Delhi, and she asked me the dreaded question–“Do you smoke often?” I couldn’t believe my ears because I hadn’t lit a cigarette my entire life and I thought to myself: ‘Why is she asking me something which I should have no symptoms of?’ Next up was the verdict: “Your heart age is much older than your biological age”, said the doc.Being an average 27-year-old, I was pretty active, into sports, dance, and other fitness activities, and genetically from a more-or-less-fit family. So tTaking a medical test to check my health (read heart health) was no big deal, or so I thought before I actually took the test. But let me first give you an insight into what this age test is all about.advertisementWhat is vascular age testing?Vascular age testing is the degree of endothelial dysfunction in response to physical and mental stress. More commonly referred to as the age of your heart versus your metabolic age. Vascular age testing can look at your blood vessels and determine your vascular age and tell you if your arteries are older than you are. Dr Nidhi Gupta, Head, Diagnostics, MBBS, Sens-Anti Ageing Wellness Clinic, New Delhi, told me, “Vascular age can be determined by measuring the thickness of the carotid arterial walls (Carotid Intimal Media Thickness or CIMT). Determining the thickness of the arterial walls gives you and your physician the information to prevent or even reverse cardiovascular disease.”But does everyone need to get this test done or should those who are more vulnerable opt for it? “People who are suffering from diabetes, are obese and smoke should go in for this test. Even hypertensives, alcoholics, and people with no physical activity or sedentary lifestyles should take this test to know the condition of their heart before it’s too late,” the doctor said.Also read: 4 lessons I learnt after eliminating sugar from my diet for more than a week I took the test called Angioscan: Contour Analysis, and here are four lessons that I learnt. These could very well be a takeaway for you too; here’s how.Stop stressing: You really don’t have to look for a solution to every little damn thing in the world and you can’t take up truck loads of pressure on your head for nothing. It’s okay if you’re in a crisis but worrying about a traffic jam or your help not turning up is really futile. These everyday things happen and will probably happen again, so stop fretting over them. There are bigger worries in life, so ignore these regular uncertainties and don’t let them stress you out.Sleep well and long: It wasn’t too long ago that I learnt what a good, sound sleep does for your body. Sleeping helps in relaxing your muscles and mind. A good night’s sleep will make you happier, more energetic, less lethargic and it will sure as hell calm you down.There is no reason to skip a workout: Wasting your time and pondering over when you should work out and when you must not eat is useless. Instead, chill and be merry, take one step at a time. Though you’re young and probably think it’s okay to prioritise a party over a workout, that’s one thing you should rectify. You need to understand that there’s nothing wrong in partying and enjoying life, but discipline is one word that will take you places. I’ve experienced both and have realised the latter isn’t all that exciting. The joy of running to dance classes, or trying out a new, exhilarating routine gives you a kick like no other. And once you’re on the road to fitness, there’s no looking back, just awesome perks–you start feeling confident with all the toning and sculpting, you can easily pass off as a fitness icon in your peer group and you’re floored with compliments on looking super healthy.Indulge in healthy bites: It’s easy to get swayed by good looking, sumptuous food–stuff that’s oily, spicy and what not! But there should be a limit. I don’t propagate dieting of any sort but eating the right kind of food at the right time and in the right quantity is a great way to stay full and fit. I must confess that I’m a foodie at heart and am equally enthusiastic about being fit, but if I mess up the balance for even a few days, my body starts to send me signals. Everything goes for a toss–from having a disturbed sleep to the unpleasant feeling of indigestion each night or feeling acidic for not eating on time to the way my skin turns dull and lifeless. Not only that, energy levels take a hit, and before you know it, you become a couch potato. Keeping a food diary helps; in my case it did. Or you could get a trusted friend to remind you to control your portions when eating out and basically help you eat what’s best for you. But at the end of it, you need to take charge and make it a routine and not just a change for a few days. I don’t want to scare you but if you’re lazy, overweight, genetically not-so-lucky or/and slack back at the drop of a hat; you really do need to get your ass off that couch and do something about it. This was indeed one of the most horrifying results of my life–and all of this, after being the fittest version of myself.advertisementSo what steps can be taken to improve one’s health and vascular age? Dr Gupta suggested, “Depending upon the degree of dysfunction, cause needs to be evaluated and appropriate therapy must be initiated. One could go in for antioxidant therapy, belly reduction measure, detoxification of the body, stress management, inflammation control and nutraceuticals depending upon the an individual’s case.last_img read more

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)MUMBAI, October 17, 2018/PRNewswire/ –Aeronutrix Sports Products Private Limited’s Fast&Up today announced Indian professional Hockey Player and former national captain, Sandeep Singh as their brand ambassador. The partnership comes at a time when Fast&Up is at the cusp of its next level of growth with its increasing market share in the Indian sports and active nutrition industry. Sandeep Singh will be the new face of Fast&Up multi-channel marketing campaign as well as brand engagement activities.Recently, Sandeep Singh’s story was retold in a biopic film – Soorma in which Daljit Dosanjh essayed the lead role. Famously known as Flicker Singh, Sandeep Singh played as full back and was a penalty corner specialist for the team; currently he is a DSP in Haryana Police. Sandeep Singh has immense passion for sports and fitness, his determination and spirit for the game makes him an inspiration and right fit for the brand.Since its inception, Fast&Up India has worked to educate sportspersons and fitness enthusiasts interested in living an active lifestyle about the importance of including nutritional supplements alongside an optimal diet and training routine to achieve the best results in a healthy manner. Fast&Up offers a range of health supplements under both sports nutrition and active nutrition. These include Fast&Up Fortify, Fast&Up Activate, Fast&Up Reload and more, which are packed with vital nutrients required by those who lead an active lifestyle.advertisementTalking about the association Sandeep Singh said, “I have used Fast&Up personally and been an active promoter of the brand long before I considered to endorse it. In a highly competitive nutrition market, Fast&Up stems out as a brand that differentiates itself through a compelling story, a commitment to stay relevant and high quality products. I am very happy to associate with Fast&up and look forward to working with them closely.”Vijayraghavan Venugopalan, CEO, Aeronutrix Sports Products Private Limited shared his thoughts and said, “Fast&Up is one of the fastest growing sports and active nutrition brands in India. A lot of famous sports personalities have included our supplements in their routine and now it’s time reach out to people who aspire to be one of them. We are very proud and privileged to be associated with Sandeep Singh and believe that he is well suited for the purpose as he has been and still is inspiring a lot of upcoming sports enthusiasts and athletes. And since the Hockey World Championship is starting next month, having Sandeep Singh on board is a great addition to the brand. Through this association, we aim to strengthen its brand identity as the most trusted and reliable mobile sports and active nutrition brand in the nutrition supplement industry.”About Fast&UpFast&Up is a Swiss brand that offers an interesting range of innovative, easy to use nutrition products, which has seen fast adoption in the sports fraternity. Besides a strong commitment to quality, this progressive sports nutrition brand has successfully brought novel and gel-based nutrition supplements to India. For more information, visit AeronutrixAeronutrix Sports Products Private Limited is one of the fastest growing sport nutrition products company based out of Mumbai. Backed by innovative Swiss technology and effervescent science, Aeronutrix’ nutrition products promote Active Living and are favoured by sportspersons, health enthusiasts and fitness enthusiasts who have chosen Healthy and Active Living. The company’s flagship OTC brand, ‘Fast&Up’ is the nutrition product of choice for many, including National and International athletes in various sports such as Cricket, Soccer, Kabaddi, Cycling and Marathon. Aeronutrix is a subsidiary of Fullife Healthcare, a healthcare management company that makes and markets a range of effervescent products in over 22 countries across the globe.Source: Aeronutrix Sports Products Private LimitedPWRPWRlast_img read more

first_imgIndia all-rounder Vijay Shankar said he is able to understand the sense of disappointment that prompted Ambati Rayudu to come up with a cheeky tweet after the senior campaigner was dropped from India’s World Cup 2019 squad.Ambati Rayudu who was earmarked for the No. 4 role in the Indian batting unit as early as last year made way for Vijay Shankar in the 15-man squad for the World Cup, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom.Rayudu had produced some consistent performances over the last few years batting at No. 4 but a dip in form combined with some eye-catching performances from Vijay Shankar prompted the selectors to make the tough call of dropping the Hyderabad batsman.Chief selector MSK Prasad highlighted Vijay Shankar’s 3-dimensional attributes when explaining the rationale behind preferring the Tamil Nadu all-rounder over Rayudu.A disappointed Rayudu had taken to social media after his World Cup snub and wrote: “Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup.”Speaking to Gaurav Kapur on his YouTube show Breakfast With Champions, Shankar said: “I know for the fact that how a cricketer would feel if they are not being picked. I can understand from a player’s point of view. And I know for the fact that he didn’t mean it to me.”It was just that he put that tweet for the sake of it. I can understand the situation in which he was. It is fine for any cricketer.”Shankar missed India’s first warm-up match of World Cup 2019 against New Zealand on Saturday due to an injury scare. The all-rounder got a hit on his right hand on the eve of the warm-up match.advertisementNonetheless, the Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed that Shankar didn’t pick up a fracture and is recovering from the knock. He is likely to return for India’s 2nd and final warm-up match against Bangladesh on Tuesday.MS Dhoni’s crucial advice to Vijay ShankarShankar also revealed the impact of MS Dhoni when it comes to being calm on and off the field. The India cricketer, who made his ODI debut only in 2019, has already played some quality innings under pressure which eventually helped him seal a World Cup berth.”To be honest, I learnt it from Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni). He told me like you need to be calm and neutral. He told me ‘just focus on your work and things will take care of itself’. My debut was the Melbourne Cricket Ground. I had never been to such a big ground. I was feeling the nerves. He just came and told me ‘you’re moving the ball, just hit the right length’. He then went away. It was a very simple thing but then at the moment, it was needed,” Vijay Shankar said.Also Read | 2019 World Cup: Relief for Team India after Vijay Shankar’s scans show no fractureAlso Read | Nothing to worry about: Ravindra Jadeja on India’s batting woes after loss to NZAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgAntoine Griezmann Who is Erika Choperena? Everything you need to know about Antoine Griezmann’s wife Ronan Murphy 20:17 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Erika Choperena Antoine Griezmann 06072016 Getty Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid Primera División The Spanish child psychologist has shied away from the limelight and prefers to let her France international husband take all the media attention Antoine Griezmann is one of the most famous footballers in the world, having finished Euro 2016 as top scorer and has been linked with a host of top clubs thanks to his goalscoring prowess with Atletico Madrid.The France international had an amazing summer in 2016 with his country, and followed it up in 2017 by marrying girlfriend Erika Choperena at a secret ceremony in Toledo at the 11th century Palacio de Galiana.But who is Griezmann’s wife Erika Choperena? Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player WHO IS ERIKA CHOPERENA? Erika studied education in San Sebastian and then went on to complete her studies and become a child psychologist.She ran a beauty blog called Cordialmente Erika, but was forced to deactivate it in 2014 when news of her relationship with Griezmann became public and the site became inundated with visitors.Despite her husband’s celebrity, Choperena likes to remain out of the limelight, with Ludivine Sagna (the wife of Griezmann’s France team-mate Bacary Sagna) telling TV show Touche pas a Mon Sport that she is “very kind but very discreet.”HOW DID SHE MEET GRIEZMANN? Griezmann and Choperena met while the France forward was playing for Real Sociedad and she was studying in San Sebastian. They began dating soon after, and had their first child in April 2016, a daughter called Mia. As she is Spanish and he is French, the couple are raising Mia to be bilingual.He admitted in his autobiography that he pursued her before she eventually agreed to go out with him: “For a year and a half, I sent her messages, I tried to seduce her. We have been together since December 27, 2011.”When he joined Atletico Madrid in 2014, Erika moved with him. Just a month before their wedding in July 2017, Griezmann signed a new contract with Atletico Madrid, keeping him at the club until 2022.DOES ERIKA CHOPERENA ATTEND ATLETICO GAMES? Erika supported Griezmann at Euro 2016, and accompanied him to the end of year gala where he was named the second best player in Europe – runner-up to Cristiano Ronaldo.Despite attending France games to support her husband, Choperena is rarely spotted at Atletico Madrid games as she prefers to keep a low profile and distance herself from the paparazzi.Multa y amonestacion por felicitar a mi mujer y eso 3 dias despues… #PreocupateDeOtrasCosas— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) March 8, 2017Griezmann’s love for his partner saw him receive a €500 fine from the Spanish football association in March 2017, after he celebrated a goal by lifting up his jersey to reveal the message “‘Feliz Cumple Gordita’ (Happy Birthday Chubby)”.WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD? Erika Choperena is very happy to concentrate on her own career and thus will undoubtedly remain out of the media spotlight wherever Griezmann ends up.With Atletico Madrid signing Diego Costa in January, Griezmann’s days at Atletico could be numbered thanks to interest from Europe’s elite. The 26-year-old has been repeatedly linked to Mancheser United, but Barcelona and other top clubs have also been mooted as future destinations for the forward.last_img read more

first_imgUEFA Champions League Man Utd and Real Madrid legend Beckham begs Zidane to beat Liverpool Iain Strachan Last updated 1 year ago 23:38 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Zinedine Zidane David Beckham Real Madrid Albacete 11232003 Getty Images UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool Zinédine Zidane Plenty of British football fans will be hoping the Reds can bring the Champions League back from Kiev, but a former England captain is not among them Former Manchester United and Real Madrid star David Beckham has urged Zinedine Zidane and his players to beat Liverpool in the Champions League final.There is no question of divided loyalties for Beckham during the decider in Kiev on Saturday, as Madrid take on the arch-rivals of United. Appearing alongside his old team-mate Zidane in a YouTube video published by Madrid, the ex-England captain had a simple message for the coach of Los Blancos.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “To have been successful as a player and now to be successful as the boss, the big boss, is incredible,” he said.”I just want to wish Zizou, the boss, the president, the club good luck in the Champions League final.”And please beat Liverpool, please!”Zidane has guided Madrid to success in each of the previous two Champions League finals, and the team could become the first side since Bayern Munich in 1976 to win UEFA’s biggest prize three times in succession. “We suffered and worked a lot to make it to the final,” he said.”There has been a lot of sacrifices, a lot of work, a lot of personal investment from everyone.”Once I decided to become a coach I thought nothing is impossible. Being a coach of Real Madrid, I knew we could achieve great things.”Real Madrid Champions League finalThe Blancos will be under pressure to deliver a hat-trick of European triumphs, with Beckham conceding that the competition means everything to those at the Santiago Bernabeu.He added: “There’s certain clubs throughout Europe, throughout the world, that have special relationships with big competitions and when you’re a Real Madrid player there’s something about Champions League nights that’s special.”The atmosphere is different, the fans are different, there is an expectancy throughout the club to do well in this competition.”Real Madrid have had that their whole history, they’ve had a special relationship with the Champions League.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgMSK Prasad’s stance on Ambati Rayudu doesn’t go down well with BCCIAmbati Rayudu was first ignored when Shikhar Dhawan was injured and Rishabh Pant was flown in and then he was again overlooked when all-rounder Vijay Shankar got hurt and Mayank Agarwal was sent as a replacement. Soon after that, a heartbroken Rayudu hung his boots.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service MumbaiJuly 21, 2019UPDATED: July 21, 2019 18:16 IST Ambati Rayudu announced his retirement after World Cup snub. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMSK Prasad did try his best to defend the decisions taken for or against Rayudu during the presserRayudu was first ignored when Shikhar Dhawan was injured and Rishabh Pant was flown inBCCI official took note of Prasad’s comment and questioned the criteria of fitness testBCCI chief selector M.S.K. Prasad on Sunday fell just short of saying that he did take note of Ambati Rayudu’s sarcastic tweet and said that he enjoyed the “3D” tweet which the former India batsman had posted after he was excluded from the squad for the recently concluded World Cup where India lost to New Zealand in the semifinal.Rayudu was first ignored when Shikhar Dhawan was injured and Rishabh Pant was flown in and then he was again overlooked when all-rounder Vijay Shankar got hurt and Mayank Agarwal was sent as a replacement. Soon after that a heartbroken Rayudu hung his boots.Prasad did try his best to defend the decisions taken for or against Rayudu during the presser to announce the India squad for the West Indies tour on Sunday, saying, “There were certain programs to see Rayudu comes into the setup. We (selection committee) don’t have anything against a particular player.”When Rayadu was picked for the ODIs on the basis of his T20 performance, there was criticism, but we had some thoughts about him. When he failed the fitness test, we put him on a fitness programme. Due to certain combinations, he wasn’t picked, it doesn’t make the selection committee biased.”But a senior BCCI official took note of Prasad’s comment and questioned the criteria of fitness test being the yardstick for national selection.”Who decided on the fitness criteria and has there been an official communication on the same? If there was no criteria officially communicated or discussed or approved by the board, how could one fail it? Seems that the selector didn’t really check all the dimensions before making this statement,” the official said.advertisementPrior to the World Cup, former Australia opener Matthew Hayden had told IANS that there was no way that anybody other than Rayudu could be India’s number four, but the selection committee picked Vijay Shankar instead.Prasad, at that time, had justified Shankar’s selection over Rayadu, saying that the 33-year-old provided the team with a “three-dimensional” game. “We did give a few more chances to Rayudu but Vijay Shankar gives three dimensions. He can bat if the conditions are overcast, he can bowl, plus he is a good fielder. We are looking at Shankar as the No. 4,” Prasad had said.After the snub, Rayudu had tweeted sarcastically: “Just ordered a new set of 3D glasses to watch the World Cup”.Now, while announcing India’s squad for the West Indies tour, the chief selector once again tried to clear the stance of his team, but it doesn’t seem to have cut much ice with the board officials.Also Read | Ambati Rayudu was emotional but the selectors are emotional too: MSK PrasadAlso Read | Legendary player like MS Dhoni knows when to retire: MSK PrasadAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow BCCIFollow MSK PrasadFollow selection panellast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Sajal Kanjilal (66), the Kasba resident who was dragged through the tunnel between Park Street and Maidan Metro stations in Saturday’s accident, might have been electrocuted to death, hints the preliminary investigation report carried out by Metro Railway.In a shocking incident, Kanjilal was dragged through the tunnel, hanging precariously from an AC rake with his hand stuck in the door. As the rake started moving, the victim eventually hit the tunnel wall and fell on the track. He was declared brought dead by the doctors at SSKM Hospital. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAs the moving AC rake stopped with a jerk inside the tunnel and the door opened soon after leaving Park Street, the victim fell on the track and came in contact with the third rail, which led to his electrocution, suggests preliminary investigation. The exact cause of his death will however be confirmed after the post-mortem report comes in. The inquiry committee recorded statements of the motorman, conducting motorman, the guard and chief loco inspector at the Railway Bhawan on Sunday, to know exactly what happened at the time of the accident. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe motorman and the guard were suspended by the Metro Railway authorities immediately after the incident. Their statements would be verified by the engineers of the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai, where these rakes were made. Saturday’s accident has brought to light some serious lapses on the part of Metro Railway. Questions have been raised on why the door sensor did not function at the time of the incident. Had the door sensor functioned normally, it would have opened before the train started moving. In normal cases the doors automatically open, if anything gets stuck in them. The commuters have also raised question on the role of the guard whose job was to ensure that all the doors were properly closed before the train started. It may be mentioned here that it was one of the five AC rakes which were brought in from Chennai in 2018. After the rakes were made operational, it was found that some of them had problems with the door sensors, braking system and air-conditioning machines. The matter was also communicated to the rail board. Two of the five rakes were subsequently sent back. Trinamool Congress MP Mala Roy and state Disaster Management minister Javed Khan visited the family members of the victim and assured all possible assistance from the state government. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on Saturday called the incident tragic and accused Metro Railways for not conducting proper maintenance of rakes. Banerjee also assured financial assistance to the deceased’s family, as well as employment for a member of the family. Kanjilal used to sell little magazines at Nandan. Some group theatre personalities on Sunday staged demonstration outside Park Street Metro station, demanding compensation from Metro Railways for the victim’s family. Claiming the victim as one of their colleagues, the theatre personalities wanted to meet the station manager to submit a memorandum.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The CBI on Monday interrogated painter Shuvaprasanna in connection with the multi-crore Saradha ponzi scam which left thousands of investors in the lurch. Sources in the investigating agency said that the painter had been asked to appear before its officials to ascertain his role in the scam. The artist was questioned by CBI in 2014 for selling a non-operational TV channel to Saradha Group chief Sudipta Sen. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had also quizzed him on certain financial transactions with the Saradha Group through his bank account with regard to buying the television channel. Saradha had collected money from common investors without having the sanction of either RBI or SEBI promising higher returns to them. Both CBI and ED are probing the Saradha scam. The final chargesheets were yet to be filed.last_img read more

first_imgIf you or know someone that would be suited to or would like to join the Board yourself, read the nomination package CLICK HERE The deadline for submissions is 11:59PM, Friday, February 4, 2019. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The BC Chamber of Commerce has one vacancy in the Northeast without an incumbent.The BC Chamber of Commerce is seeking people that want to help shape the Chamber’s future through their actions, words and principals to serve on the 2019 Board of Directors.They seek dynamic individuals to serve as leaders in their pursuit of advocacy, insight, and influence.last_img read more

Casablanca – Moroccan Anass Ait El Abdia won Morocco’s 30th Cycling Tour, following the 10th and last stage held Sunday between Rabat and Casablanca (120 km).Ait El Abdia becomes the third Moroccan in history to win the competition, after Mohamed El Gourch and Mohcine Lahssaini.Morocco’s cycling tour is part of the UCI Africa Tour calendar and brought together 120 cyclists representing 20 teams from Africa, Europe and the Americas.

Ellen Margrethe Løj, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Liberia, said it was a particularly satisfying occasion as the UN worked closely with the LNP for several months on its strategic plan, which prioritizes significant changes in human resources and training, administration, and operational effectiveness and efficiency. Speaking at the handover ceremony of the seven-classroom building at the LNP Academy in Paynesville, Monrovia on 20 June, Ms. Løj voiced appreciation to the Netherlands for supporting LNP programmes with a large chunk of its close to $2 million donation going towards the construction of the building.In addition, Ms. Løj, who also heads the UN Mission on Liberia (UNMIL), underscored the need to recruit more women to the LNP to create some much needed trust among the country’s population, and contribute to a well run police force.The completion and handover of the building was a significant development ahead of a donors’ meeting organized by the LNP and UN Police for this week, UNMIL said in a news release. 24 June 2009The handing over of new training facilities to the Liberian National Police (LNP) signals a boost in efforts to achieve a fully-functional democratic security force in the West African nation, said the top United Nations envoy to Liberia. read more

The case is among several anti-press attacks that are tied up in court hearings without substantive law enforcement action.Eknelygoda’s wife, Sandhya, and two sons have gotten no word from any official body of the Sri Lankan government, from the lowest police desk to the highest levels of the ministry of justice, about what happened to the journalist, CPJ said. Media activists in Sri Lanka will gather today (Wednesday) to commemorate “Black January” following a spate of attacks on the media during the month over the past few years.The Alliance of Media Organizations, spearheaded by the Free Media Movement, has earmarked January 25, as Black January Day on account of the numerous attacks against the media unleashed by the government in the past three years, especially in the month of January, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said. These include the murder of Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickramatunga, the fire bomb attack on Sirasa/MTV studios and the attack on Rivira editor Upali Tennakoon in 2009, the disappearance of Prageeth Eknelygoda, the sealing of Lanka newspapers and the detention of its editor in 2010, and the arson attack on Lanka eNews office in 2011. On January 25, 2011, Sandhya Eknelygoda submitted a petition calling on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other U.N. officials to encourage the Sri Lankan government to investigate the disappearance of her husband. The request to the U.N. has been unmet.In March 2011, CPJ and four other groups sent a letter to Ban asking him to direct the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNESCO, which oversees press freedom, to look into the case of Eknelygoda. There has been no meaningful response from the United Nations. Sandhya Eknelygoda’s personal appeal to the president’s wife, Shiranthi Rajapaksa, has also gone unanswered. January 24 marks the second anniversary of the disappearance of Prageeth Eknelygoda, a cartoonist and columnist for the pro-opposition Lanka eNews website. read more

Democratic Party leader and former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka urged the public to back good governance at the parliamentary election this month.Speaking at an election rally Kandy, Fonseka said that the public should not be misled by corrupt politicians. “These people do not want good governance,” Fonseka added. He said that those who had been accused of corruption and fraud are now attempting to deceive the public by seeking their votes at the election. He said that good governance is required for the people to live in dignity and with respect and so it is important that political parties which back good governance are elected to parliament. read more

Black Friday deals lift US auto sales in November by Dee-Ann Durbin And Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Dec 1, 2016 7:38 am MDT Last Updated Dec 1, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – Black Friday deals and postelection confidence helped pull November U.S. auto sales out of their recent slump — and increased the chances that 2016 could set a record for new vehicle sales.Total U.S. sales rose 4 per cent for the month to 1.38 million units. That makes it the highest November on record, beating the previous record of 1.32 million set in 2001, according to Kelley Blue Book.Toyota Division General Manager Bill Fay said November sales were so good that the industry may even break last year’s sales record of 17.47 million.“I think it will be right around last year’s record, maybe a little bit less,” Fay told The Associated Press in an interview in Detroit. “But I think either way everybody will sign up for a lifetime of this.”General Motors’ sales jumped 10 per cent over last November. Ford’s sales were up 5 per cent, while Toyota and Hyundai both saw 4 per cent sales increases. Honda’s sales were up 6.5 per cent and Nissan’s sales rose 7.5 per cent. Even Volkswagen, which has struggled all year because of its diesel cheating scandal, saw sales rise 24 per cent.Fiat Chrysler bucked the trend, with sales falling 14 per cent as it made big cuts in sales to rental car companies. Other automakers were expected to report sales later Thursday.Higher incentives enticed buyers who sat out much of the fall. July was the last month that sales increased year-over-year.The average discount per vehicle last month was near $4,000, up by $600 from the same month last year, said Jeff Schuster, senior vice-president for forecasting at the consulting firm LMC Automotive.Automakers and dealers have always flooded the airwaves with holiday ads in December. But Black Friday is taking on increasing importance. Since 2013, sales during the weekend after Thanksgiving have been nearly double the sales during a typical November weekend, according to car shopping site Prior to 2013, automakers only saw a 39 per cent increase in sales that weekend.“Dealers and automakers clearly have found a way in recent years to break through the Black Friday clutter and connect with more car shoppers,” said Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds’ senior director of industry analysis. An offer for $10,000 bonus cash on a 2016 Kia K900 was among the Black Friday deals Edmunds cited.Because automakers seem to be willing to discount, Schuster said the industry probably will have a strong December.“I don’t think they’re necessarily going to pull back with all the holiday deals in December,” Schuster said.Consumers also had a newfound confidence after the tumultuous election. U.S. consumer confidence reached its highest point in nine years in November, according to the Conference Board. That’s a crucial factor for purchasing big-ticket items.Toyota is expecting at least three more years of solid U.S. sales, said Bob Carter, senior vice-president of auto operations. Even if sales don’t match last year’s record and are slightly below it, it’s still good business, he said, adding that the industry already has seen an unprecedented six years of growth.For November, automakers said:— General Motors Co.’s sales rose 10 per cent to 252,644. Its Buick, GMC and Cadillac brands all saw double-digit percentage increases in sales, while Chevrolet sales were up 8 per cent. Full-size SUVs were strong sellers; sales of the Cadillac Escalade were up 25 per cent while sales of the Chevrolet Tahoe jumped 31 per cent.— Toyota Motor Corp.’s sales rose 4 per cent to 197,645. Luxury Lexus sales were down 1 per cent but Toyota brand sales rose 5 per cent. Low gas prices hurt sales of cars like the hybrid Prius, which was down 16.5 per cent, but helped SUV sales. Toyota Highlander SUV sales jumped 67 per cent— Ford Motor Co.’s sales rose 5 per cent to 197,574. Lincoln brand sales were up 19 per cent thanks to the new Continental sedan and the redesigned MKX SUV. Sales of Ford’s bestseller, the F-Series pickup, were up 11 per cent as the new F-250 and F-350 went on sale.— Fiat Chrysler’s sales fell 14 per cent to 160,827. All brands saw double-digit percentage declines except Ram, which was up 12 per cent on strong sales of pickups and the ProMaster commercial van.— Honda Motor Co.’s sales rose 6.5 per cent to 122,924, a November record for the company. Luxury Acura sales dropped 5 per cent, but Honda brand sales were up 8 per cent. Honda’s bestseller, the Accord sedan, saw sales rise 6 per cent.— Nissan Motor Co.’s sales were up 7.5 per cent to 115,136, which was a November record. Nissan brand sales were up 8 per cent, helped by strong sales of the newly redesigned Armada full-size SUV. Luxury Infiniti sales were up 4 per cent.— Hyundai Motor Co.’s sales rose 4 per cent to 62,507, a November record. Sales of the Sonata and Elantra sedans fell, but the Santa Fe and Tucson SUVs both saw double-digit percentage gains. This Tuesday, June 28, 2016, photo, shows the front of a 2016 Nissan Altima at a Nissan dealer, in Miami. Black Friday deals were expected to pull U.S. auto sales out of their recent slump in November 2016. General Motors’ sales jumped 10 percent over last November, while Toyota’s sales were up 4 percent. Nissan’s sales rose 7.5 percent. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) read more

“We estimate that we will need $4 million to assist 180,000 people during the next six months, and my call now is to the donor community to help us mobilize funds to assist the most vulnerable people affected by the hurricane in Cuba,” said Laura Melo, WFP Representative in Cuba, adding that the agency is working closely with national authorities to provide help to people most affected by the disaster.According to the release, WFP’s primary response will include using the food stocks that are already in the country to help people that are most in need, followed by providing supplies to vulnerable groups – such as children between six months and three years of age, pregnant women and adults over 65 in affected areas such as Caimanera, Manuel Tame, Yateras, and Moa in Holguin province.WFP also stated that it is aiming to improve nutrition of the vulnerable groups by delivering a corn and soybean fortified cereal compound to pregnant women, and micronutrient powder to children between the ages of 12 and 23 months.The assessment of damages caused by Hurricane Matthew continues in Cuba, while significant food losses and damage to agriculture, homes and infrastructure have already been reported. Hurricane Matthew hit Cuba on 4 October with winds over 200 kilometres per hour. It has been the most powerful storm, classified a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, to strike the island in nearly a decade. read more

first_img Market share, Irish grocery sector. Source: Kantar Worldpanel IrelandMartin Kelleher, Managing Director at SuperValu, said that shoppers “are continuing to vote with their feet”.“We are continuing our effort to drive down the average cost of the grocery basket, with consumers switching to the SuperValu Own Brand range. SuperValu shoppers are happy to make the switch because they see it allows them to save on price without compromising on quality,” Kelleher added.Mark Thomson, business unit director at Kantar Worldpanel, described the growth at Aldi and Lidl as “outstanding”.While both retailers have increased their number of new customers, they are experiencing growth mainly as a result of their existing customers spending more.The average Aldi shopper in Ireland spent €161 over the latest period; up €15.60 compared with this time last year.This period’s sales growth comes amid falling inflation, down from 2.6% to 2.3%.“Footfall is increasing for all the large retailers at a time when customers aren’t wedded to a particular grocer week by week. The opportunity for Tesco and Dunnes lies around encouraging shoppers to spend more per shopping trip, which is something that Aldi and Lidl are already doing successfully,” Thomson said.Originally posted: 12.50pmRead: More and more people are shopping with Aldi and Lidl as Tesco loses outRead: Tesco narrows Irish sales losses in 2014 – but performance is still down Updated: 4.25pm IT’S OFFICIAL: PEOPLE in Ireland buying more groceries.For the twelve weeks ending on 22 June, grovery sales increased by 2% – the fastest rate since March 2013.Four years ago, the same period saw a 4.5% drop in sales.Figures released by Kantar Worldpanel today show that SuperValu was the biggest winner this quarter – gaining 87,000 new shoppers.This means that almost three quarters of Irish households shopped in SuperValu during this period.Aldi and Lidl continued to deliver growth ahead of the market – increasing sales by 19.5 and 12.4 percentage points respectively. The two chains now have 8.1% and 8.2% of market share.Tesco and Dunnes are still the biggest grocery retailers in Ireland, with 26.1% and 21.1% of market share respectively. However, sales at Tesco dropped by 3.4% in the three months surveyed, while Dunnes’s share grew by just 0.5%.last_img read more

first_img PEOPLE WHO SHAVE, wax, or trim their pubic hair are at higher risk of sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), but less likely to get lice, a study published today suggests.The survey of more than 7,500 Americans, aged 18 to 65, found that pubic groomers had an 80% higher STI risk than people who leave their nether regions hairy.For certain infections, including herpes and chlamydia, the risk was highest among those who groomed most frequently and “intensely”, the researchers found.The study merely observed a correlation between grooming and STIs, and cannot conclude that one causes the other.But the authors speculated that shaving or waxing may cause “microtears” in the skin, creating easy access for viruses.Sharing tools such as razors may also be a risk, they said, citing a case of HIV transmission between brothers using the same blade.“As a third possible explanation for our findings, individuals who groom may be more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviours than those who do not groom,” said the study, published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.Pubic hair grooming, it explained, “is correlated with an increased number of lifetime sexual partners and is viewed as a preparatory act to sexual engagement”.For the research, 7,580 people completed a questionnaire on their intimate hair-control, sex lives and STI history.Some 74% of respondents were pubic hair groomers – 66% of men and 84% of women.The trial participants were divided into “extreme groomers” who removed all pubic hair more than 11 times a year, high-frequency groomers who trimmed daily or weekly, low-frequency groomers, and non-groomers. File photo. Source: ShutterstockElectric razorThe main methods used were razors, scissors and wax. Men mostly used an electric razor and women a manual one.One in five of both genders used scissors.Groomers, the study found, were younger overall and reported a larger number of annual and total lifetime sexual partners – even more so for extreme groomers.They also had more frequent weekly and daily sex than people who prefer to go au naturel down there.A greater proportion of groomers, 14%, reported having had an STI during their lifetime, than non-groomers at 8%, the study found.For extreme groomers, the percentage was 18%.STIs included herpes, syphilis, human papillomavirus (HPV), chlamydia, HIV, gonorrhoea and a skin virus called Molluscum contagiosum, or MCV.Such infections can have serious long-term consequences such as infertility, certain cancers and higher rates of HIV transmission.On the other end of the spectrum, the team found, low-intensity groomers had a higher risk of pubic lice infestation.This suggested “grooming might make it harder for lice to breed successfully,” the team said in a statement.Better understanding the relationship between pubic hair grooming and STIs may help single out “high-risk individuals” for safe-sex education, the team said.They may also be advised to dehair less frequently or severely, or to delay sex after grooming to allow time for the skin to heal.Pubic hair grooming has become a common phenomenon worldwide, with popular media changing people’s definition of attractiveness, cleanliness and “genital normalcy”, said the study.- © AFP, 2016 By AFP Share159 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 9:03 AM 28,694 Views Image: Shutterstock People who shave, wax or trim their pubic hair are at a higher risk of catching an STI A major study found that pubic groomers are 80% more likely to carry an STI – but said it could not conclude that shaving caused the infections. Short URL Dec 6th 2016, 9:03 AM Image: Shutterstock 61 Comments last_img read more, le moteur de recherche d’entreprisesLe groupe PagesJaunes vient de lancer le nouveau, un service de recherche de professionnels.En mars 2010, le groupe PagesJaunes avait racheté le site autrichien 123People, un service depuis rebaptisé Yelster Digital, et spécialisé dans la recherche de personnes sur Internet. PagesJaunes a fusionné son expérience avec ce dernier et a lancé, cette semaine,, un tout nouveau moteur de recherche d’entreprises. Comme 123People, il repose sur un dispositif d’agrégation de contenus, qui sur un couple prénom-nom donné, récupère tous les contenus associés à la requête disponibles en ligne : mentions média, comptes Facebook, Pages Blanches, blogs, annuaires divers, photos Flickr ou vidéos Youtube, explique Clubic.À lire aussiComment les jeunes s’adaptent aux nouvelles technologies? Avec, il s’agit du même concept, adapté cette fois à la recherche de professionnels. Il exploite ainsi la base de données des PagesJaunes et y ajoute des contenus obtenus sur le Web. Ces professionnels ont aussi la possibilité de modifier leur propre fiche et de monétiser ainsi la recherche d’entreprises. On note que est disponible en français, anglais et allemand.  Le 29 janvier 2012 à 17:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more