Gujarat continues to be battered by heavy rains

first_imgHeavy rains continue to lash parts of North Gujarat that has been badly hit by floods, resulting in the relocation of more than 35,000 people from vulnerable areas. Over 2500 people stranded in flood waters were rescued by the Air Force, Army, NDRF, BSF and SDRF.In Ahmedabad, torrential rains damaged the runway of the airport, leading to diversion of two Air India flights on Wednesday.After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the State for an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas, Central authorities have provided more resources such as choppers and manpower to intensify rescue works as hundreds of villages are cut off as roads were washed away or inundated.On Tuesday, Mr. Modi announced a special package of Rs. 500 crore to deal with the calamity.Most of the roads, including national and State highways passing through the North Gujarat region, were washed away and are inundated, while rail tracks have also been damaged, forcing the railways authorities to cancel several trains, including the Ahmedabad-Delhi Rajdhani Express.last_img read more

Faking Chhath puja leave invites ‘the curse’

first_imgFor about 400 junior policemen in Bihar’s Samastipur district, a pledge of honesty is part of the application form for leave to perform Chhath puja. It comes with a rider: If they give a false declaration just to avail leave, their entire family would be visited by a curse. As the four-day Chhath puja (a festival of thanksgiving to the sun) gets underway in November in Bihar and some neighbouring States, the personnel in Samastipur seeking leave have been asked to swear in the name of the Chhath deity that they intend to perform the ritual themselves. If they fail to do so, a “curse may befall their children, and in fact the whole family.” The format of the pledge meant for policemen of junior rank went viral on social media on Wednesday, drawing protests from the men in uniform.“I …take a pledge in the name of the Chhath deity that I, myself, am observing Chhath puja for the last…years. Oh goddess Chhath! If I take leave on a lie, my children and my whole family will be cursed,” said a pledge form, filled up by a policeman in Samastipur and signed as Shri Narayan Singh. The four-day Chhath is considered a mahaparv (great festival) in Bihar and other eastern parts including neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. The festival, known for its austerity and piety, begins on Thursday.Association not amusedThe honesty pledge has not gone down well with the personnel. The president of the Bihar Policemen’s Association, Mrityunjay Singh, told journalists in Patna that the “pledge is tantamount to an assault on religious sentiments and betrays mistrust and doubts on the integrity of junior rank officials”. “Should they be subjected to such humiliation? I’m going to meet top officials at the police headquarters in this regard”, he added. On the official side, though, there was denial. Samastipur Superintendent of Police Vikash Burman said, “there is no official pledge form issued by the department for leave. We have taken serious note about such a report. A senior police officer has been asked to inquire.”Going a step further, Mr. Burman said there was no question of granting leave even with such a document, as leave for policemen had been cancelled by police headquarters in view of the Chhath festival, to ensure law and order.”Although there are around 400 junior personnel in Samastipur district, few had applied for leave for Chhath. “This is ridiculous. If we take leave to observe the greatest festival of our State, we are threatened with a curse on children and family members,” a district police officer from Samastipur said over phone. Did he apply for leave? The policeman was not ready to respond. Personnel posted in other districts of Bihar too objected to the honesty clause.last_img read more

Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund renew rivalry in Champions League thriller

first_imgDortmund, the 2013 Champions League runner-up, will host Arsenal for the third time in four seasonsFamiliarity has bred a healthy respect between Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal in the Champions League, with the German club eager to avenge a loss at home against the English team.Dortmund, the 2013 Champions League runner-up, will be hosting Arsenal in the competition for the third time in four seasons.”It’s been a while since our last home win over Arsenal. So we have some making up to do,” said Dortmund midfielder Sebastian Kehl, referring to a 2-1 victory over the Gunners in October 2002.Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil can expect a difficult time from the fans at the Westfalenstadion because of his time at rival Schalke.In the other Group D match, Turkish runner-up Galatasaray and Belgian champion Anderlecht will play in Istanbul.Here are some things to know about Group D of the Champions League:POOR STARTERSBoth Dortmund and Arsenal won their respective away games when they met last season and the German side has a poor record when it comes to starting the Champions League. Dortmund has won only one of its last six opening games in the competition.”We want a good start. We want a home victory,” said Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, who has a pelvic injury.Despite losing to Napoli and Arsenal in the group stage last season, Dortmund finished at the top on goal difference and only bowed out in the quarterfinals after beating eventual champion Real Madrid 2-0 for a 3-2 aggregate loss.advertisementSHINJI-MANIAReturning fan favorite Shinji Kagawa scored on his second debut for Dortmund in the 3-1 win over Freiburg on Saturday. The Japan midfielder also helped set up the opening goal in what was an outstanding performance before he was forced off with cramps.Kagawa, who endured two frustrating seasons at Manchester United, still needs time to get back to his best, according to Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp, but that hasn’t stopped burgeoning expectations at the Westfalenstadion.Kagawa, who scored Dortmund’s consolation in the side’s 2-1 loss to Arsenal in November 2011, has been involved in 40 goals in 70 appearances for the club.Kagawa will likely get another chance to impress against Arsenal, though he and fellow midfielder Milos Jojic were restricted to light running in Monday’s training session.”Shinji still had a couple of problems so we restricted him to a couple of laps. We didn’t want to stress anything when there’s no need to,” Klopp said.INJURIES GALOREBorussia Dortmund’s injury list is long. Attacking midfielder Marco Reus was ruled out for four weeks with a left ankle injury sustained on duty for Germany, and Jakub Blaszczykowski had a setback to his return from a cruciate knee injury with a muscle injury in training.Midfielders Ilkay Gundogan and Nuri Sahin are also out, as is defender Oliver Kirch with a thigh injury. Hummels was only expected to return to training on Wednesday.”My issue is not who can play how well with whom, or how good can someone be, but who can (play) at all,” Klopp said.New signing Ciro Immobile recovered from the knock he picked up playing for Italy to make a substitute appearance against Freiburg.Also, Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy has a serious-looking ankle injury from the side’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday. Debuchy is reportedly facing two months out but would have been suspended for Tuesday anyway following his red card in the playoff against Besiktas.Midfielders Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey both shook off ankle problems to play against City.DEFENSIVE PROBLEMSArsenal plugged a gap up front by signing Danny Welbeck on the final day of the transfer window. Manager Arsene Wenger may now be regretting not bolstering his defense, too.The English club begins its 17th straight season in the group stage of the Champions League with defensive problems due to Debuchy’s absence.Calum Chambers will fill in at right back but it leaves no senior cover in that position or at center back, with Wenger having sold Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona in the off-season.In attack, it will likely be a choice between Welbeck, who made his debut against City, and Alexis Sanchez as lone striker as Olivier Giroud is a long-term injury absentee.The closest Wenger has come to winning the Champions League in his 18 years at Arsenal was an appearance in the final in 2006, when it lost to Barcelona 2-1.”For him, that would be the icing on the cake if you like,” Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere said. “I think this is the one he really, really wants.”advertisementISTANBUL CALLINGFormer Italy coach Cesare Prandelli makes his Champions League debut with Galatasaray after taking charge in July. Galatasaray has only played Anderlecht once before, in the second round of the 1976-77 European Cup Winners’ Cup, when Anderlecht won 5-1 both at home and away.Prandelli’s side played a scoreless draw at home with Eskisehirspor in the Turkish league after beating Bursaspor 2-1 in the opening week.Anderlecht also drew, 2-2 at Lierse SK on Saturday, but maintained its eight-game unbeaten start to the season. The side is unbeaten in seven games away from home, including the Belgian Super Cup.last_img read more

SPORT-MINISTRY 2 LAST

first_imgGoel stated that after conclusion Of Rio Olympics, he has Goel stated that after conclusion Of Rio Olympics, he has initiated consultations with players, coaches and National Sports Federations to elicit their views and suggestions. He stated that he had written to all 117 sportspersons who participated in Rio Olympics. He had already held a meeting with President and Secretary General of Indian Olympic Association and National Sports Federations on September 29. Goel said that his Ministry will examine the views and suggestions received during the round table discussion, from NSFs and other sources and will come out with an action plan. Focused attention will be given to talent identification, preparation of long term development plans for training and competitive exposure to sportspersons, creation and upgradation of modern sports infrastructural facilities across the country with the involvement of state governments and corporate and provision of sports science and sports medicine backup to players. Virender Poonia said that the meeting discussed how India can win more medals in the near future in 2020, 2024 and 2028 Olympics. “The minister asked suggestions from all the participants. Many were of the opinion that unless India pays attention at the college and university level, it will be hard to win medals at the Olympics. India will have to first produce medal winners at the University Games before thinking of winning medals at the Olympics,” Poonia said. “The participants also want constant monitoring of the performance of athletes and coaches. “The minister said that there was the need to increase the involvement of corporate sector in the development of sports in the country. He said he will have similar discussions with PSUs,” he added. PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Lionel Messi’s father negotiating son’s transfer from Barcelona to PSG

first_imgArgentina’s superstar footballer Lionel Messi’s father is negotiating his son’s transfer from Spanish champions FC Barcelona to French side Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), according to media reports.Jorge Messi is maintaining a dialogue with Paris Saint-Germain Director of football and former Barcelona player Patrick Kluivert regarding a possible move of his son, French media RTL reported on Tuesday citing sources, reports Sputnik.The striker’s current contract at Barcelona ends on June 30, 2018. (Lionel Messi downplays role in Barcelona’s success)Last month, Barcelona media reported that the Argentine forward isn’t keen to renew his contract.Messi, 29, joined Barcelona when he was 13.Rising up in the FC Barcelona famed La Masia football academy, he broke into the main team at the age of 17. (Lionel Messi hailed as ‘extraterrestrial’ after Barcelona victory)Since then, he has developed into one of the best footballers of his generation, winning the Champions League four times, La Liga eight times, Copa Del Rey four times along with many other personal and team trophies.last_img read more

Capello backs Ancelotti for Azzurri

first_imgItaly Capello backs Ancelotti for Azzurri role Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 03:46 11/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) CarloAncelotti - Cropped Bongarts Italy Carlo Ancelotti Italy v Sweden Sweden WC Qualification Europe The Ex-England and Russia manager has ruled out a return to national action with Italy but thinks the job would “complete” the former Bayern boss Fabio Capello believes Carlo Ancelotti can “complete” his career by taking charge of Italy, while ruling himself out of taking over the Azzurri.Gian Piero Ventura’s long-term prospects of keeping his job are reportedly slim, even if he manages to overturn the 1-0 deficit to Sweden in their World Cup play-off.Italy 17/20 qualify for World Cup 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 Failure to secure a suitable result at San Siro on Monday will see Italy fail to qualify for a World Cup for the first time in 60 years.Despite his own experience on the international scene with England and Russia, Capello ruled himself out of leading his country, but highlighted Ancelotti as a top candidate.”I’ve done my duty with international teams,” he was quoted by Quotidiano Sportivo.”Ancelotti is the right age, has great experience and is only missing a job like this to be complete.”Three-time Champions League winning coach Ancelotti was sacked by Bayern Munich in September after the Bundesliga champions were thrashed 3-0 at Paris Saint-Germain.last_img read more

Joselu denies Swansea victory but Shelvey’s insolence alarms Newcastle

first_img Chelsea take fortunate point from lively 10-man Leicester as fans grow restless Share via Email Share on Messenger Abdoulaye Doucouré hands Watford controversial draw with Southampton As Rafael Benítez and Carlos Carvalhal shook hands at the end, neither man could quite disguise their disappointment.A hard-fought point is all very well but Carvalhal’s Swansea City stay bottom. As for Newcastle, they remain far too close to the relegation zone for comfort, have gone seven home Premier League games without a win and are far from ruthless in front of goal. Benítez is doing a fine job in testing circumstances but Mike Ashley’s transfer window parsimony threatens to undo much good work. Twitter Premier League Joselu equalises from a narrow angle for Newcastle United. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images Bar an odd stellar pass from Shelvey – up against his former employers – and Swansea’s Sam Clucas, the watching Gareth Southgate did not have too much to get excited about. Perhaps tellingly, a key sub-plot centred on Bartley’s duel with Pérez, which, considering the centre-half was on a yellow card following a tug on Gayle, guaranteed him a few panicky cameos.Newcastle’s biggest fright featured Swansea’s penalty appeal in the wake of Diamé’s handball as he endeavoured to redirect Mike van der Hoorn’s goal bound header, with the Senegal midfielder fortunate to get the benefit of the doubt from the referee.Ironically Diamé, deployed deep in midfield alongside Shelvey, enjoyed one of his better games in a Newcastle shirt. “I must admit I didn’t see it at first,” said Carvalhal of the penalty shout. “But it’s the job of the referee to see it. I like him [Graham Scott] he’s a good referee but he made a mistake. If we’d had video technology to help him we would have had a penalty and red card within 10 seconds.”The Portuguese’s smile returned when Jordan Ayew headed Swansea in front. That goal began with an excellent right wing cross from Van der Hoorn and featured Karl Darlow making a fine one-handed save from Ayew’s initial header. Fortune, though, did not frown on Newcastle’s keeper, who parried the ball straight back towards Ayew and, within a millisecond, that rebound nestled in the back of the net. match reports Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on Pinterestcenter_img The Observer Read more Facebook Pinterest Share on Facebook Swansea City Topics By way of exacerbating Geordie misery, there were apparent tensions between Benítez and Jonjo Shelvey, with the clearly annoyed midfielder pushing his manger’s outstretched hand away when he was substituted. Even so, things could have been worse for Newcastle fans, with Mohamed Diamé fortunate to escape both conceding a first-half penalty and collecting a red card following an apparently deliberate handball.“I don’t know if we’ve achieved one point or lost two, there was a feeling we should have won,” said Carvalhal, whose smart decision to shift Nathan Dyer to a wider, deeper midfield role in the second half left Swansea less vulnerable to home counterattacks.During the opening half Newcastle spurned several decent chances, while the profligate Dwight Gayle rightly had a headed goal disallowed for offside following a corner. Ayoze Pérez unnerved Kyle Bartley before crossing for Gayle to head wide, Lukasz Fabianski parried Pérez’s shot following Matt Ritchie’s clever, lobbed pass and Shelvey lifted a free-kick just over the bar. Then there was the moment when Christian Atsu crossed low for Paul Dummett but the left-back got the ball stuck beneath his feet at the wrong moment and sent the ball ballooning towards the Leazes End. Share on LinkedIn Joselu is often less than incisive but, having replaced Gayle, the Spanish striker momentarily turned fox in the box. When Pérez’s shot was deflected, a twisting, turning Joselu nutmegged Alfie Mawson before defying Fabianski from a tight angle.If Joselu could not hide his joy, Shelvey’s petulant reaction to being withdrawn did not impress. Having batted Benítez away he indulged in a bout of head-shaking. Earlier there had been similar dissent when he was passed evidently unwelcome managerial instructions over the execution of a free-kick.“There are some things we have to correct,” said a shrugging Benítez, who was relieved to see DeAndre Yedlin clear Wilfried Bony’s late shot off the line. “But any player will be unhappy when he’s substituted.” Newcastle United Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Feel Good Friday – WellPath

first_imgI am a big fan of custom anything. From custom suits, to cocktails, shoes and travel. So when WellPath reached out to me to customize my own nutritional supplement package I was all about it.Launched recently in September of 2014, the brand is working to make taking vitamins a part of everyone’s daily routine and eliminating the piles of unused bottles of product we buy and then shove in the back of our bathroom drawers.I simply went on the site, filled out my needs and a week later I had a months supply of vitamins in four weekly dispensers (we like how the founder relates them to advent calendars!) and a big bag of powder to put in my morning smoothie. Anyone who came into my kitchen bee lined to the packaging and my partner was perfectly pleased to have shared some of my morning smoothie with the Well Path Vanilla powder included.We spoke with the founder, Colin Darretta, to hear more about this feel good product. Tell us a bit about your background.I came from a finance background and started doing investment banking, then hedge funds. I was always into fitness and wellness and I would proactively spend a lot of time self-educating about how I can help my body through food, supplements etc. It became something really powerful and I even alleviated knee pain I had for a lot of my life. I lost fat and added muscle to the point that it made a huge difference in my life. After a while I became a certified nutrition consultant to better understand this world.I finally realized that there is a hugely underserved space for people who want to help themselves. I found that in a GNC, Whole Foods or Vitamin Shop, employees were often compensated by what product needed to be pushed. And some brands packaged a bunch of things into one vitamin for everyone that wasn’t exactly what we needed.Some people have the economic wherewithal to see a nutritionist and that is a great way to get an extremely accurate program for you. But for those who can’t afford that, don’t have time for that, and are not getting a good customer experience at retail I wanted to develop something for them. Not to mention taking daily vitamins can be a hassle with five different ugly bottles on your counter. We wanted to simplify that.I left my job in 2012 and wanted to do something in this wellness space. In 2013 I founded Well Path and in September of 2014 we launched. There are A LOT of vitamins in my daily packet.There are a handful of companies out there who do vitamin packets (not customized like ours). There are always eight vitamins in our packets. My plan is to charge the same amount as our competitors, $40-50 a month, and we will give you a lot more. 90% of people can benefit from the first four. But to take a few more you can get that much closer to the goals you have.Why do I need the powder after swallowing eight pills?They are designed to be complimentary. They both have a basis of getting your nutritional needs. Also, you can’t get fish oils in a powder format. Conversely, macronutrients like proteins, healthy fats and fiber can’t be delivered in a pill format.Tell us about the packaging.We are trying to do good for our Earth as well as our health! We find suppliers who are eco friendly and the pillbox in particular was highly focused on helping customers to remember to take their vitamins.One of the biggest factors in people taking supplements is habit. They may get excited and take it for a couple of weeks then forget. Some of these you have to take for three to six weeks in order to get the benefits.This pillbox can be thrown into your briefcase or gym bag or suitcase so you will remember when you need your next packet.Where do the vitamins come from?We stock over 100 supplements so we find suppliers who make the actual pill by either our specifications or brands that are up to our standards.Then we fulfill your order in-house.Be sure to check out their awesome smoothie recipes too. The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa Editors’ Recommendations Wake Up Rested With the Best Down Pillows of 2019 The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Giftslast_img read more

Traveltek Adds Luxury River Cruise Line, Amawaterways To Its Growing Network

first_imgGlasgow, 9th April, 2019 River cruise specialist, AmaWaterways, is the latest major industry player to become part of the extensive Traveltek network. Users of Traveltek’s market-leading booking platform will soon have the opportunity to access and make live bookings for AmaWaterways’ extensive selection of river cruises. Thanks to the increased interest that river cruise has enjoyed in recent years, the addition of AmaWaterways itineraries to the Traveltek platform is sure to be well received by the company’s global client base. As a leader in the field, AmaWaterways boasts the “Highest Rated Fleet in Europe” as noted in Berlitz Guide to River Cruising and is very well known for its award-winning cuisine, personalised service and custom designed ships. AmaWaterways consistently strives ahead with a wide choice of excursions, including active discovery hiking and biking tours as well as an onboard Wellness Programme with Wellness Hosts. The cruise specialist offers a range of carefully crafted itineraries onboard their extensive fleet on rivers throughout Europe, Africa, Vietnam and Cambodia. Commenting on the union, AmaWaterways’ Sales, Marketing and Digital Director, Jamie Loizou, said “We’re delighted to be working with Traveltek. This relationship enables us to build upon our trade focus by providing even more of our travel partners with our content to support them in promoting and selling AmaWaterways and river cruising.” Traveltek’s CCO, Cressida Sergeant, commented: “Here at Traveltek our mission is to connect the industry’s largest community of buyers and sellers worldwide, so it makes perfect business sense to partner with such a prestigious cruise operator. “Additionally, with river cruising enjoying double digit growth year on year, it’s important that our platform is well equipped to deal with the demand. Integrating a company who was recognised as the ‘TTG River Cruise Line of the Year 2018’ at the recent Travel Awards is a very strong addition to our growing network. We’re delighted to be working with AmaWaterways at this very exciting time.” Traveltek’s Head of Sales in the UK & MENA, Neil Welsh, added, “I foresee a really positive response to this partnership. We’re allowing our clients to diversify their own portfolio and do business with river cruise lines when their products and services are in extremely high demand. Using the most advanced technology on the market, with integrations such as this one, helps our clients remain at the forefront of what is a fiercely competitive market.”  About TraveltekTraveltek is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading travel technology providers. A pioneer in its field, the company has been delivering cutting-edge solutions to travel agents, tour operators and wholesalers for almost two decades. The Glasgow-headquartered company, which has offices in the Midlands (UK), Sydney, Miami, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore, offers a comprehensive range of finely-tuned products that meet the unique needs of the global travel trade, helping companies remain top of their game in today’s fiercely competitive market place. Traveltek’s unrivalled portfolio features dynamic packaging solutions; consumer-facing websites; integrated booking platforms for staff and clients; back-office systems that produce bookings reports and client documentation; a CRM to manage clients and enquiries; a tour operating platform that controls pricing and distributes contracts; and an API that connects travel companies to a global database of leading travel suppliers. Traveltek is the industry’s leading provider of cruise booking solutions, empowering the trade to hand-pick every component of a customised cruise itinerary and sell it as one package. Recognised as the ‘World Leading Dynamic Packaging Solutions Provider’ at the World Travel Awards in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, Traveltek offers its valued travel partners bespoke solutions that help them work smarter, improve their bottom line and enhance customer experience and retention. For more information, visit www.traveltek.netlast_img read more

Nova Scotias New Minister of Volunteerism

first_imgNova Scotians have their first Minister responsible for Volunteerism. Barry Barnet takes on the job immediately, Premier Rodney MacDonald announced today, May 11. “The new Minister responsible for Volunteerism is the government’s recognition of the commitment and good work Nova Scotians are doing in their communities,” said Premier MacDonald. “Barry Barnet will lead with commitment and energy to develop Nova Scotia’s first volunteer strategy.” The government announced in the budget on Tuesday, May 9, its commitment to recognize and support the key contributions volunteers make in their communities throughout Nova Scotia. “Volunteers take up challenges each and every day,” said Mr. Barnet. “I am pleased to accept this new responsibility as Minister responsible for Volunteerism, recognizing the crucial part Nova Scotia’s volunteers play in making our communities and the province strong.” Along with the new responsibilities, Mr. Barnet will continue his duties as Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, African Nova Scotian Affairs and Communications Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Mere sohneya to get unplugged version

first_imgMumbai: The singer-composer duo of Sachet and Parampara is coming up with an acoustic version of the song, ‘Mere sohneya’, from the hit movie Kabir Singh. “Mere sohneya’ is still on the music charts, so we decided to give an unplugged flavour to the song,” Sachet said. Sharing details about the new version, Parampara said: “Our latest version will be mild, and will be presented without the use of any electronic instrument. It is purely an acoustic unplugged version. Thousands of people are making acoustic covers of this song on social media, so we decided to gift the audience a new flavour of ‘Mere sohneya’,” she added. Their version will be available soon. The video of the unplugged version has been directed by Luv Isrrani. “I had fallen in love with this song ever since I heard it. I was very happy to work on it. When you’re working on something you love a lot, you tend to work harder to push the creative boundaries,” he said.last_img read more

Duchess Of Cambridge To Visit Womens Addiction Treatment Centre

first_imgAction On Addiction has announced that it is to welcome its Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, on a visit to Hope House in London on 19 February 2013.Nick Barton, Chief Executive of Action on Addiction, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming our Patron, the Duchess of Cambridge, to visit our women’s treatment centre, Hope House.“Many women who experience substance dependence also have a history of difficult relationships, domestic violence, or other compulsive disorders. Hope House offers women a safe, secure and comfortable place to recover and receive a holistic treatment programme, offering additional support to help them come to terms with their dependency and other problems.“The Duchess’ support, in throwing a spotlight on addiction and recovery and helping us to break down the stigma associated with this complex condition, is enormously important. We are grateful for her continued involvement with the charity, and her enthusiasm for understanding more about our clients and staff.”Hope House is a safe, secure and comfortable place for women to recover from substance dependence and receive additional support for other compulsive disorders. It is unique amongst the various Action on Addiction recovery centres in that it is just for women, with a programme designed to allow women to overcome their addictions in a secure, tailored environment.The committed and highly qualified staff includes specialists in addiction as well as personality and eating disorders. They work as a diverse team of counsellors and therapists, providing a structured treatment programme for women with complex needs.Susanne Hakimi, Head of Service for Action on Addiction’s Hope House, said: “The issues associated with women who have become dependent on drugs or alcohol can be complex and sensitive – from self- image to physical abuse. Many women feel more comfortable, and are therefore more likely to have a successful recovery, in a women’s only setting which is why a safe space like Hope House is so important.“During her visit, the Duchess will hear first-hand our female clients’ experiences of their addiction and recovery journeys. She will also have the opportunity to experience what a typical day at Hope House is like and find out why a range of treatments, such as art therapy and information on nutrition, are effective in helping women start to re-build their lives. And the staff and clients at Hope House are very much looking forward to meeting her.”Hope House is a beautiful Grade II listed Georgian house, located in a peaceful corner of South West London, close to Clapham Common. Hope House opened in Maida Vale in 1988 and had only 8 beds. It moved to Clapham Common (into the former Thurston House) in 2009. The refurbished house was launched in 2009 by Trinny Woodall, and now treats up to 23 women at one time.last_img read more

Breaking through the stereotypes immigrants are learning about Indigenous peoples on InFocus

first_imgAPTN InFocusStarting over in a new country is stressful. There’s a lot to learn.But what happens when you hear inaccurate information?  How do you know what is true and what is false?People who work with newcomers say stereotypes and myths about Indigenous peoples are repeated unchallenged, leading immigrants to be misinformed and even afraid of the population.“There is not much education for newcomers to learn about their cultures and their diversity that exists within their community of the Indigenous people,” says Hani Ataan Al-Ubeady, the community engagement co-ordinator with Immigration Partnership Winnipeg.However, his group is working to change that, he tells InFocus host Melissa Ridgen.“My perception of Indigenous people was very, for quite a while, was very negative,” says  Roxanna Alchmetova, who came to Canada from Kazakhstan at 12.“It took me a while to realize and to learn that the things they were teaching me were not correct.”Alchmetova wants to take her education into her own hands and learn the truth about Indigenous peoples in Canada.She is writing her thesis on Indigenous Newcomer relations.  And looks at how, among other things, new Canadians can build stronger relationships with Indigenous peoples and participate in acts of reconciliation at the University of Manitoba.Eliyana Angelova, a newcomer from Bulgaria, says she too was told many negative stories about Indigenous peoples when she first arrived.She says she was told to not live near them, that they were dangerous.But once she got to know them, she realized the stories she was told weren’t the whole story.“You need the personal story to understand and to learn. Just like listening to the histories without the face is different.”Angelova works with other newcomers and Partnership Winnipeg to help dispel stereotypes and debunk myths believed by many Canadians.“Therefore it’s essential to create an orientation toolkit to educate newcomers,” adds Al-Ubeady.He says he and the rest of the team at Partnership Winnipeg are developing materials and resources so Canadian newcomers will have the facts.last_img read more

Morocco approves Islamic finance legislation

Taroudant – Morocco’s House of Representatives issued on Tuesday a final approval to the project of Islamic finance law, which authorizes the establishment of Islamic banks and allows private companies to issue Islamic bonds.After months of delays, the Moroccan parliament finally approved the Islamic financial bill that will regulate Islamic banks and sukuk issues in the kingdom.This new bill will pave the way to financial institute to establish full-fledged Islamic banks in Morocco. Said Khayroune, the head of parliament’s economics and finance committee, told Reuters that “The bill has been voted by 161 votes and no one was against it.” “The bill will be effective once it is published in Morocco’s official bulletin in coming days,” he added.Since the coming of the Islamist-led government in 2011, the government has been attempting to develop Islamic finance in order to attract wealthy Gulf stakeholders and to meet the needs of a growing clientele looking for “halal” transactions.Last month, Brahim Benjelloun Touimi, the CEO of “Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur” (BMCE), said that the bank was preparing to launch an alternative subsidiary as a joint venture with a major Islamic financial institution from the Middle East, without revealing the identity of that financial institution.Islamic banks, like other banks, carry out all banking and financial transactions, including trade and investment and craft projects that contribute to the economic and social development in conformity with Islamic law and sophisticated modern techniques. read more

Crowdfunding boosted the growth of these tiny Canadian startups almost overnight in

Freire had some concerns about competing with countless other drone products on Indiegogo and rival crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, including many that were very early in their development stages. But he was confident that the Indiegogo community would respond to the fact that the PlexiDrone was a far more polished product almost ready to be manufactured.“You could say it’s a saturated market to some extent, but there are a lot of people who are making money just from building custom products for a small number of end users where they’re not really thinking about the larger-scale picture and the regulatory aspects of it,” he said.“Our background is in aerospace engineering so from Day 1 we went out and we met with Transport Canada and the Federal Aviation Administration, we got special flight operating certificates in Canada, we’re working with the FAA on allowing people to use the PlexiDrone commercially as well for film and photography. So we’re thinking ahead of the game in a couple of dimensions.”The third most successful Canadian campaign was for the Vanhawks Valour smart-bike, which offers riders turn-by-turn navigation, blind spot detection technology, and digital tracking of trips. More than $820,000 was raised to get the bike into production.Both Freire and D’Souza said they only expect crowdfunding to grow as a trend next year.“I certainly see it as something that’s here to stay — people assumed that eBay would go the way of the dodo too after free local online classifieds came around,” D’Souza said.If anything, Freire said he’s concerned that crowdfunding might get too big and overrun with campaigns launched by large companies.“The one thing that I worry about is that it’s going to become a platform for larger companies that are already well established to come in and use their funding for better marketing, better PR and it’s going to be easy to exploit and take away from the spirit of what crowdfunding currently is,” Freire said.Tam said he’s heard those concerns but thinks it would only help small companies if huge corporations also used Indiegogo and Kickstarter. He feels it would further legitimize the crowdfunding concept and lead to more consumers supporting start-up companies.“Tech companies understand that big companies coming in and playing in this space is not necessarily taking anything away from them, if anything it’s bringing credibility and it’s bringing public awareness,” Tam said.“Companies who are crowdfunding their products know that they’re not in competition with Samsung and LG and Sony and Apple, they’re aspiring to bring products to market that those companies don’t have a product for yet.”Mass Fidelity, DreamQii and Vanhawks have yet to deliver their products. As crowdfunding campaigns have ballooned in size and popularity, concerns have grown about companies making promises about products that they can’t keep.But horror stories of badly botched campaigns are relatively rare, argued D’Souza, who added that his supporters have not been skeptical of his claims to date.“Most of the failures are the little guys out there, most of the big campaigns have actually delivered — and if not (they’re late) on the delivery schedules they may have promised,” he said.“We might have had one or two out of 3,000 (supporters) who are skeptics and said, ’How can I be sure your product will deliver on its claims?’ Being a serious company, we made some casual promises of money back, we plan to launch in retail and offered the crowdfunding customers the same warranty we would for retail customers.” TORONTO — There was $1.3 million raised for high-fidelity wireless speakers, almost $1.2 million for specialty drones and $820,000 for smart-bikes.In 2014, three tiny Canadian companies went from teetering in obscurity to making headlines on tech blogs around the world thanks to successful crowdfunding campaigns that spurred exponential growth almost overnight.Once the domain of hobbyists and tinkerers, crowdfunding is increasingly becoming a growth strategy for real — but still small — companies with big ideas.“An older paradigm about crowdfunding was four guys in their garage who couldn’t find money any other way,” said Steve Tam, a marketing manager with Indiegogo Canada.“Now we’re seeing an increasing number of companies who are either already in market or have a very validated product and are using crowdfunding as a part of their marketing campaign, or their fundraising, or their access to international markets.“This is a really cool place for people to find new ideas and concepts.”Mass Fidelity, headquartered just east of Toronto, turned to Indiegogo earlier this year. The company sought about $55,000 to help get its Core wireless speaker system from the prototype stage into production.“We considered it a bit of a get-the-word out exercise, we were a small company no one had heard of based in sleepy old Toronto. It was the ability for us to make a sales pitch to a much wider audience than we normally could,” said co-founder Neil D’Souza.Crowdfunding? 7 steps to help you prepare for a successful U.S. campaignFour ways to get the media behind your crowdfunding campaignHow to make your startup’s crowdfunding campaign a hitTo the Core team’s astonishment, the modest crowdfunding campaign raised more than 25 times what the company was originally seeking, eventually surpassing $1.3 million.“It literally has changed our company. We’re going to accelerate our growth in a manner that we couldn’t have possibly managed. We’re going to be somewhere in 12 months that we were probably going to be in 36 months,” D’Souza said.The second most successful crowdfunding campaign in Canada this year was for the PlexiDrone, targeted at photographers and videographers, which raised $1.17 million after setting a goal of about $115,000.“We could’ve spent $2 million on PR and marketing and we would not have gained the worldwide exposure that we have,” said Klever Freire, chief executive of DreamQii, the company that created the PlexiDrone.Michael Barker/CNW Group/DreamQii read more

Chinese woman arrested selling phones in Kandy

She was arrested while selling the mobile phones in the Kandy town yesterday.The Chinese woman is to be produced before the Kandy Magistrate today. A Chinese woman was arrested in Kandy while she was selling mobile phones, the police media unit said today.The police said that the woman was in Sri Lanka as a tourist and had no authorization to do business.

BASL goes to court over impeachment

Some international rights groups have expressed concern over the impeachment. The United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, has urged Sri Lanka to “reconsider” the motion and ensure that proper due process is carried out. (Xinhua) The chief justice had denied all the allegations including not declaring over bank accounts and misuse of power against her.The chief justice came under criticism by the government after her ruling against a bill that sought wider power for Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa. The BASL which represents all the lawyers in the country and part of the judges said that the PSC on Thursday refused to accede to request of the Supreme Court to postpone the probe until a constitutional interpretation is given on the impeachment procedure. The policy making body of 11,000 lawyers of Sri Lanka said Wednesday that they went to the Supreme Court challenging the impeachment of country’s first female chief justice.The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) had filed an action against the Speaker of the Parliament and 11-member Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake on 14 charges, the Bar President Wijedasa Rajapaksa said. In its fundamental rights action, the Bar Association has asked the Supreme Court to issue an immediate order to stay further proceedings of the impeachment as it violates the fundamental rights of the legal fraternity and of the citizens of Sri Lanka. read more

Cabinet approves proposed FTA with Singapore

Cabinet has approved the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to be signed with Singapore, the Government said today.The Government said that cabinet approval for the FTA was sought by Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama. The agreement consists of provisions regarding trade in goods and services, service liberalization, investments, public procurement, etc.It was decided to sign the agreement subject to clearance from the Attorney General. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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