Kejriwal asks people to check mosquito breeding

first_imgNEW DELHI: Intensifying Delhi government’s ’10 Hafte 10 Baje 10 Minute’ campaign, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues on Sunday visited some parts of the city, urging people to check mosquito breeding in their surroundings. After a visit to West Delhi’s Tri Nagar area, Kejriwal claimed that data showed the campaign was “successful” so far and cases of dengue were on the decline.Under the campaign launched on September 1, people are expected to devote 10 minutes at 10 AM every Sunday for draining stagnant water that could lead to breeding of mosquitoes. The campaign will conclude in mid November. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”I am very happy that this campaign has been successful so far and dengue has been controlled for the time being. There were many cases of dengue 3-4 years ago. As per cycle of the disease it was expected to recur on big scale this year but data show dengue has significantly declined in Delhi,” Kejriwal said. The dengue mosquito has a range of 200 metres so if people check their houses and encourage their neighbours to do it, Delhi will be saved from the disease, he said in Tri Nagar. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe chief minister also visited residents in the Gole Market area of his constituency –Kohat Enclave and Burari. “All of Delhi is like my family. Like we care for our own family, I am concerned about the health and well-being of the people of Delhi. This is why we are running this mega drive to protect people from dengue,” said the chief minister, at Gole Market. Commenting on why his government launched this campaign this year, Kejriwal said, “In 2015, 15,000 people had contracted dengue and 60 people had lost their lives. In 2018, Delhi had just 2,700 cases. We were warned by doctors that this year there is likely to be a sudden spike in cases because the dengue outbreak follows a cycle of 3-4 years. We didn’t want Delhi to suffer from an epidemic. This is why we have started this mega drive against dengue.” On the impact of the campaign, CM Kejriwal said, “I am very happy to report that this year there is a steep reduction in the number of cases of dengue.” After inspecting his own residence at 10 AM on Sunday morning, Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia met with small groups of residents in Manas Apartment, Acharya Niketan of Mayur Vihar Phase 1 and Pandav Nagar. He was assured by residents that they had become alert about stagnant water after Delhi government’s mega drive began on 1st September. Health Minister Satyendar Jain visited Paschim Vihar area of his constituency Shakurbasti to spread awareness. In Ballimaran, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain, along with a group of local residents oversaw the distribution of pamphlets with information about dengue mosquito and the precautions residents must take to prevent dengue. He was seen handing informational material to people in the neighbourhood, apart from checking whether residents had conducted their weekly inspection.last_img read more

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first_imgNEW DELHI: Intensifying Delhi government’s ’10 Hafte 10 Baje 10 Minute’ campaign, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues on Sunday visited some parts of the city, urging people to check mosquito breeding in their surroundings. After a visit to West Delhi’s Tri Nagar area, Kejriwal claimed that data showed the campaign was “successful” so far and cases of dengue were on the decline.Under the campaign launched on September 1, people are expected to devote 10 minutes at 10 AM every Sunday for draining stagnant water that could lead to breeding of mosquitoes. The campaign will conclude in mid November. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”I am very happy that this campaign has been successful so far and dengue has been controlled for the time being. There were many cases of dengue 3-4 years ago. As per cycle of the disease it was expected to recur on big scale this year but data show dengue has significantly declined in Delhi,” Kejriwal said. The dengue mosquito has a range of 200 metres so if people check their houses and encourage their neighbours to do it, Delhi will be saved from the disease, he said in Tri Nagar. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe chief minister also visited residents in the Gole Market area of his constituency –Kohat Enclave and Burari. “All of Delhi is like my family. Like we care for our own family, I am concerned about the health and well-being of the people of Delhi. This is why we are running this mega drive to protect people from dengue,” said the chief minister, at Gole Market. Commenting on why his government launched this campaign this year, Kejriwal said, “In 2015, 15,000 people had contracted dengue and 60 people had lost their lives. In 2018, Delhi had just 2,700 cases. We were warned by doctors that this year there is likely to be a sudden spike in cases because the dengue outbreak follows a cycle of 3-4 years. We didn’t want Delhi to suffer from an epidemic. This is why we have started this mega drive against dengue.” On the impact of the campaign, CM Kejriwal said, “I am very happy to report that this year there is a steep reduction in the number of cases of dengue.” After inspecting his own residence at 10 AM on Sunday morning, Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia met with small groups of residents in Manas Apartment, Acharya Niketan of Mayur Vihar Phase 1 and Pandav Nagar. He was assured by residents that they had become alert about stagnant water after Delhi government’s mega drive began on 1st September. Health Minister Satyendar Jain visited Paschim Vihar area of his constituency Shakurbasti to spread awareness. In Ballimaran, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain, along with a group of local residents oversaw the distribution of pamphlets with information about dengue mosquito and the precautions residents must take to prevent dengue. He was seen handing informational material to people in the neighbourhood, apart from checking whether residents had conducted their weekly inspection.last_img read more

Disappointing results Statoil says exploration wells off Newfoundland empty

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Statoil says two exploration wells drilled about 500 kilometres off Newfoundland’s east coast have come up empty.Trond Jacobsen of Statoil Canada says the results are “disappointing” as the company and its partner Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) assess next steps for drilling near the Bay du Nord field.It’s estimated the frontier field contains about 300 million barrels of recoverable oil.Statoil says the two exploration wells were safely drilled in the Flemish Pass Basin within tie-back vicinity of its 2013 Bay du Nord discovery.Oil in those wells would have increased options for any potential development.Statoil Canada President Paul Fulton says the company is still evaluating future drilling and the feasibility of a production site at Bay du Nord.last_img read more

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first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Statoil says two exploration wells drilled about 500 kilometres off Newfoundland’s east coast have come up empty.Trond Jacobsen of Statoil Canada says the results are “disappointing” as the company and its partner Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) assess next steps for drilling near the Bay du Nord field.It’s estimated the frontier field contains about 300 million barrels of recoverable oil.Statoil says the two exploration wells were safely drilled in the Flemish Pass Basin within tie-back vicinity of its 2013 Bay du Nord discovery.Oil in those wells would have increased options for any potential development.Statoil Canada President Paul Fulton says the company is still evaluating future drilling and the feasibility of a production site at Bay du Nord.last_img read more

Ski resort a step closer after high court ruling in Grizzly Bear

first_imgOTTAWA – Approval of a ski resort in a region held sacred by Indigenous people does not violate their constitutional right to freedom of religion, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday.A senior Indigenous leader said the decision demonstrates a lack of knowledge.“That’s sacred ceremonial grounds. That’s where our relatives, the grizzly bear, live. And if their habitat is somehow destroyed, you are destroying our relatives,” Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said in Ottawa.“To me, it is a bit of a lack of awareness and understanding through the Supreme Court about that world view.”The high court decision means the proposed resort development near Invermere in southeastern British Columbia could be a step closer to reality, although the judgment suggests there might be other avenues for the Ktunaxa Nation to appeal or try to derail it.The decision stems from a lawsuit filed by the Ktunaxa after developer Jumbo Glacier Resorts received B.C. government approval to proceed.The Ktunaxa consider the land at the foot of Jumbo Mountain to be sacred and says construction of a resort would drive away Grizzly Bear Spirit, a principal figure in their religion.They had argued that charter protection for freedom of religion must include not only spiritual beliefs, but also underlying sacred sites — in this case an area known as Qat’muk.The Supreme Court ruled that religious protections under the charter do not extend that far and only cover freedom to hold such beliefs and the right to manifest them through worship and teaching.“In short, the charter protects the freedom to worship, but does not protect the spiritual focal point of worship,” a majority of the court ruled.The court said the charter protects the freedom to pursue religious practices, like the wearing of the kirpan, a ceremonial knife, by Sikhs.“In this case, however, the appellants are not seeking protection for the freedom to believe in Grizzly Bear Spirit or to pursue practices related to it,” the court says. “Rather, they seek to protect Grizzly Bear Spirit itself and the subjective spiritual meaning they derive from it.”It says extending the charter as proposed by the Ktunaxa “would put deeply held personal beliefs under judicial scrutiny. Adjudicating how exactly a spirit is to be protected would require the state and its courts to assess the content and merits of religious beliefs.”Bellegarde said the ruling fails to grasp how Indigenous people are connected to the land through spirituality and ceremonies.“More works needs to be done about educating the judicial branch about inherent rights, Aboriginal rights, treaty rights,” he said.Vancouver lawyer Gregory Tucker, who represents the developer, said his client has waited a long time for the decision.“The Supreme Court of Canada has been instrumental over many years in bringing forward the process of reconciliation and giving First Nations a real voice in projects to be developed on their traditional territories and in this case, I think, it strikes the right balance,” he said.The high court also concluded that the B.C. minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations “did not act unreasonably” in concluding the constitutional obligation to consult the Ktunaxa about their concerns had been met.“We arrive at these conclusions cognizant of the importance of protecting Indigenous religious beliefs and practices, and the place of such protection in achieving reconciliation between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous communities.”The mayor of the Jumbo Resort Municipality, Greg Deck, said he watched the negotiations unfold and believes the developer acted in good faith.“My perception as I watched them do their consultation is that it was genuine, that they weren’t just doing it because it was required,” Deck said in an interview from Seattle.He hopes the Ktunaxa will be willing to rejoin design of the resort.The company has been negotiating for more than two decades with the provincial government and interested parties, including the Ktunaxa and Shuswap peoples, who live in the Jumbo Valley within the Purcell range.Limited construction began after the B.C. government amended regulations in 2012 to create a municipality — complete with a mayor and two councillors — although the region still has limited infrastructure and no permanent residents.Work stopped in 2015 when the province ruled Jumbo Glacier had violated the terms of its environmental assessment certificate.Tucker said Jumbo Glacier has requested a judicial review of the decision. A resolution would be the next step in the plan to build the year-round ski resort.last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – Approval of a ski resort in a region held sacred by Indigenous people does not violate their constitutional right to freedom of religion, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday.A senior Indigenous leader said the decision demonstrates a lack of knowledge.“That’s sacred ceremonial grounds. That’s where our relatives, the grizzly bear, live. And if their habitat is somehow destroyed, you are destroying our relatives,” Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said in Ottawa.“To me, it is a bit of a lack of awareness and understanding through the Supreme Court about that world view.”The high court decision means the proposed resort development near Invermere in southeastern British Columbia could be a step closer to reality, although the judgment suggests there might be other avenues for the Ktunaxa Nation to appeal or try to derail it.The decision stems from a lawsuit filed by the Ktunaxa after developer Jumbo Glacier Resorts received B.C. government approval to proceed.The Ktunaxa consider the land at the foot of Jumbo Mountain to be sacred and says construction of a resort would drive away Grizzly Bear Spirit, a principal figure in their religion.They had argued that charter protection for freedom of religion must include not only spiritual beliefs, but also underlying sacred sites — in this case an area known as Qat’muk.The Supreme Court ruled that religious protections under the charter do not extend that far and only cover freedom to hold such beliefs and the right to manifest them through worship and teaching.“In short, the charter protects the freedom to worship, but does not protect the spiritual focal point of worship,” a majority of the court ruled.The court said the charter protects the freedom to pursue religious practices, like the wearing of the kirpan, a ceremonial knife, by Sikhs.“In this case, however, the appellants are not seeking protection for the freedom to believe in Grizzly Bear Spirit or to pursue practices related to it,” the court says. “Rather, they seek to protect Grizzly Bear Spirit itself and the subjective spiritual meaning they derive from it.”It says extending the charter as proposed by the Ktunaxa “would put deeply held personal beliefs under judicial scrutiny. Adjudicating how exactly a spirit is to be protected would require the state and its courts to assess the content and merits of religious beliefs.”Bellegarde said the ruling fails to grasp how Indigenous people are connected to the land through spirituality and ceremonies.“More works needs to be done about educating the judicial branch about inherent rights, Aboriginal rights, treaty rights,” he said.Vancouver lawyer Gregory Tucker, who represents the developer, said his client has waited a long time for the decision.“The Supreme Court of Canada has been instrumental over many years in bringing forward the process of reconciliation and giving First Nations a real voice in projects to be developed on their traditional territories and in this case, I think, it strikes the right balance,” he said.The high court also concluded that the B.C. minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations “did not act unreasonably” in concluding the constitutional obligation to consult the Ktunaxa about their concerns had been met.“We arrive at these conclusions cognizant of the importance of protecting Indigenous religious beliefs and practices, and the place of such protection in achieving reconciliation between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous communities.”The mayor of the Jumbo Resort Municipality, Greg Deck, said he watched the negotiations unfold and believes the developer acted in good faith.“My perception as I watched them do their consultation is that it was genuine, that they weren’t just doing it because it was required,” Deck said in an interview from Seattle.He hopes the Ktunaxa will be willing to rejoin design of the resort.The company has been negotiating for more than two decades with the provincial government and interested parties, including the Ktunaxa and Shuswap peoples, who live in the Jumbo Valley within the Purcell range.Limited construction began after the B.C. government amended regulations in 2012 to create a municipality — complete with a mayor and two councillors — although the region still has limited infrastructure and no permanent residents.Work stopped in 2015 when the province ruled Jumbo Glacier had violated the terms of its environmental assessment certificate.Tucker said Jumbo Glacier has requested a judicial review of the decision. A resolution would be the next step in the plan to build the year-round ski resort.last_img read more

HC reserves verdict on petition seeking stay on Lucknow poll

first_imgLucknow: The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on a petition seeking stay on election to Lucknow Lok Sabha constituency till the name of Naitik Party candidate is included in the list of contestants. The petition, filed by Naitik Party which also demanded Rs 1 lakh compensation from the Election Commission, was heard by the high court’s Lucknow bench of justices PK Jaiswal and Rajnish Kumar. The petitioner alleged that nomination of its candidate was “improperly rejected by the returning officer (Lucknow district magistrate) for favouring another candidate (Union Home Minister) Rajnath Singh on caste consideration”. Polling in 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh including Lucknow is scheduled for May 6 in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

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first_imgLucknow: The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on a petition seeking stay on election to Lucknow Lok Sabha constituency till the name of Naitik Party candidate is included in the list of contestants. The petition, filed by Naitik Party which also demanded Rs 1 lakh compensation from the Election Commission, was heard by the high court’s Lucknow bench of justices PK Jaiswal and Rajnish Kumar. The petitioner alleged that nomination of its candidate was “improperly rejected by the returning officer (Lucknow district magistrate) for favouring another candidate (Union Home Minister) Rajnath Singh on caste consideration”. Polling in 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh including Lucknow is scheduled for May 6 in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

Resolution on Lanka before US House of Representatives

It also seeks an acknowledgement on the end of the war and calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to go through a process of demilitarization throughout the country and also calls on the parties in Sri Lanka to reach a political settlement on the meaningful devolution of power. The resolution notes that the government of Sri Lanka has made progress on rehabilitation, resettlement of displaced persons, and improvement of infrastructure in the north. But it also notes that Sri Lanka also has a long history of establishing commissions but failing to act upon the recommendations of those commissions.That resolution calls on the U.S House of Representatives to urge the Government of Sri Lanka to build on its establishment of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and the Commission’s constructive recommendations on issues of paramount importance to Sri Lanka in a credible, transparent, and expeditious manner. A resolution on Sri Lanka has been put before the U.S House of Representatives to be considered for discussion this week.The resolution seeks support for internal rebuilding, resettlement, and reconciliation within Sri Lanka that are necessary to ensure a lasting peace. The resolution also seeks the support of the House to recognize that the LLRC report failed to adequately address issues of accountability for both the government and the LTTE for credible allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity.It also urges the Government of Sri Lanka, the international community, and the United Nations to establish an independent international accountability mechanism to look into reports of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other human rights violations committed by both sides during and after the war in Sri Lanka.The resolution also calls on the House of Representatives to make recommendations regarding accountability and encourage the Government of Sri Lanka to allow for greater media freedoms and humanitarian organizations, journalists, and international human rights groups greater access to the war-affected, including rehabilitated ex-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam cadres, and those detained. However the schedule for this week at the U.S House of Representatives has listed the resolution on Sri Lanka among items that “may” be considered, in which case it may not be discussed and adopted this week. read more

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It also seeks an acknowledgement on the end of the war and calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to go through a process of demilitarization throughout the country and also calls on the parties in Sri Lanka to reach a political settlement on the meaningful devolution of power. The resolution notes that the government of Sri Lanka has made progress on rehabilitation, resettlement of displaced persons, and improvement of infrastructure in the north. But it also notes that Sri Lanka also has a long history of establishing commissions but failing to act upon the recommendations of those commissions.That resolution calls on the U.S House of Representatives to urge the Government of Sri Lanka to build on its establishment of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and the Commission’s constructive recommendations on issues of paramount importance to Sri Lanka in a credible, transparent, and expeditious manner. A resolution on Sri Lanka has been put before the U.S House of Representatives to be considered for discussion this week.The resolution seeks support for internal rebuilding, resettlement, and reconciliation within Sri Lanka that are necessary to ensure a lasting peace. The resolution also seeks the support of the House to recognize that the LLRC report failed to adequately address issues of accountability for both the government and the LTTE for credible allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity.It also urges the Government of Sri Lanka, the international community, and the United Nations to establish an independent international accountability mechanism to look into reports of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other human rights violations committed by both sides during and after the war in Sri Lanka.The resolution also calls on the House of Representatives to make recommendations regarding accountability and encourage the Government of Sri Lanka to allow for greater media freedoms and humanitarian organizations, journalists, and international human rights groups greater access to the war-affected, including rehabilitated ex-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam cadres, and those detained. However the schedule for this week at the U.S House of Representatives has listed the resolution on Sri Lanka among items that “may” be considered, in which case it may not be discussed and adopted this week. read more

CN Rail to spend 315 million to upgrade Ontario operations

TORONTO — CN Rail says it plans to invest about $315 million in Ontario this year to expand and strengthen the company’s rail network across the province.The company says planned projects include upgrades at CN’s intermodal terminal in Brampton northwest of Toronto — the company’s largest such facility — and the construction of a new train passing siding east of Sioux Lookout.The company also plans to replace some 145 kilometres of rail, install more than 380,000 new railroad ties and rebuilds some 60 road crossing surfaces.CP and CN Rail renewing grain hopper fleets after passage of Bill C-49Canadian railways offer $15,000 signing bonuses to woo workers amid labour shortageCN says it will also perform maintenance work on bridges, culverts, signal systems and other track infrastructureThe Ontario investments are part of CN’s $3.4 billion capital program for 2018, which include a new train passing siding in the company’s corridor linking Toronto and Winnipeg.“We are investing for the long haul with these projects to boost capacity and network resiliency to meet growing demand across our economy,” said CN Eastern Region vice-president Michael Farkouh.“Our substantial investments to renew our existing railway infrastructure underscores our commitment to operating safely..” read more

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TORONTO — CN Rail says it plans to invest about $315 million in Ontario this year to expand and strengthen the company’s rail network across the province.The company says planned projects include upgrades at CN’s intermodal terminal in Brampton northwest of Toronto — the company’s largest such facility — and the construction of a new train passing siding east of Sioux Lookout.The company also plans to replace some 145 kilometres of rail, install more than 380,000 new railroad ties and rebuilds some 60 road crossing surfaces.CP and CN Rail renewing grain hopper fleets after passage of Bill C-49Canadian railways offer $15,000 signing bonuses to woo workers amid labour shortageCN says it will also perform maintenance work on bridges, culverts, signal systems and other track infrastructureThe Ontario investments are part of CN’s $3.4 billion capital program for 2018, which include a new train passing siding in the company’s corridor linking Toronto and Winnipeg.“We are investing for the long haul with these projects to boost capacity and network resiliency to meet growing demand across our economy,” said CN Eastern Region vice-president Michael Farkouh.“Our substantial investments to renew our existing railway infrastructure underscores our commitment to operating safely..” read more

US factory orders fell 34 per cent in December in fifth straight

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 3, 2015 8:06 am MDT US factory orders fell 3.4 per cent in December in fifth straight monthly decline AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 photo, a worker kneels on an engine of a Boeing 737-800 airplane being assembled, at Boeing’s 737 facility in Renton, Wash. The Commerce Department reports on U.S. factory orders for December, on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) WASHINGTON – Orders to U.S. factories dropped for a fifth consecutive month in December, while a key category that signals business investment plans fell for a fourth straight month.Factory orders declined 3.4 per cent in December after a 1.7 per cent drop in November, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. It was the biggest drop since a 10 per cent plunge in August and marked the fifth straight month that orders have fallen.Demand in a key category that serves as a proxy for business investment plans edged down 0.1 per cent after bigger declines in the previous three months.The stronger U.S. dollar and global weakness have hurt American exports, but economists are still optimistic that surging domestic demand will result in a rebound in factory orders this year.Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said that while the 3.4 per cent drop in overall orders was bigger than expected, much of the weakness reflected falling oil prices, which lowered orders for nondurable goods. She also noted that the slip in business investment was a smaller decline than the initial estimate of a 0.6 per cent drop in this category.The weakness in December was led by a 55.5 per cent plunge in demand in the volatile category of commercial aircraft. Demand for autos was up 1.1 per cent, and the overall transportation category fell 9.1 per cent.Orders for all durable goods fell 3.3 per cent, a slight revision from a preliminary report last week which had durable goods falling 3.4 per cent in December.Demand for nondurable goods such as paper, chemicals and food fell 3.4 per cent in December after a 1.2 per cent decline in November.Many categories showed weakness in December with demand for primary metals such as steel down 1.9 per cent, while orders for machinery dropped 3.2 per cent. In the machinery category, orders for oil drilling equipment were down 7.9 per cent, a decline that may reflect the big plunge in recent months in oil prices. Various oil companies have reported plans to cut back on exploration.The government reported that the overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew by at a moderate 2.6 per cent annual rate in the October-December quarter, a sharp slowdown from 5 per cent growth in the third quarter.Economists believe that the slowdown will be temporary, and growth will accelerate this year as consumer spending remains strong, reflecting solid hiring and a big drop in gas prices which is giving households more money to spend on other items.The hope is that the gain in consumer spending will be enough to offset a drag from the global economy, reflecting spreading weakness in many key export markets and a rising value of the dollar, which makes U.S. goods less competitive overseas.The expectation now is that the overall U.S. economy will grow at a rate above 3 per cent for all of 2015, given the country the best annual growth in a decade.Factory production in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, according to data from the Federal Reserve, helped by healthy gains at auto plants. read more

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by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 3, 2015 8:06 am MDT US factory orders fell 3.4 per cent in December in fifth straight monthly decline AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 photo, a worker kneels on an engine of a Boeing 737-800 airplane being assembled, at Boeing’s 737 facility in Renton, Wash. The Commerce Department reports on U.S. factory orders for December, on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) WASHINGTON – Orders to U.S. factories dropped for a fifth consecutive month in December, while a key category that signals business investment plans fell for a fourth straight month.Factory orders declined 3.4 per cent in December after a 1.7 per cent drop in November, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. It was the biggest drop since a 10 per cent plunge in August and marked the fifth straight month that orders have fallen.Demand in a key category that serves as a proxy for business investment plans edged down 0.1 per cent after bigger declines in the previous three months.The stronger U.S. dollar and global weakness have hurt American exports, but economists are still optimistic that surging domestic demand will result in a rebound in factory orders this year.Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said that while the 3.4 per cent drop in overall orders was bigger than expected, much of the weakness reflected falling oil prices, which lowered orders for nondurable goods. She also noted that the slip in business investment was a smaller decline than the initial estimate of a 0.6 per cent drop in this category.The weakness in December was led by a 55.5 per cent plunge in demand in the volatile category of commercial aircraft. Demand for autos was up 1.1 per cent, and the overall transportation category fell 9.1 per cent.Orders for all durable goods fell 3.3 per cent, a slight revision from a preliminary report last week which had durable goods falling 3.4 per cent in December.Demand for nondurable goods such as paper, chemicals and food fell 3.4 per cent in December after a 1.2 per cent decline in November.Many categories showed weakness in December with demand for primary metals such as steel down 1.9 per cent, while orders for machinery dropped 3.2 per cent. In the machinery category, orders for oil drilling equipment were down 7.9 per cent, a decline that may reflect the big plunge in recent months in oil prices. Various oil companies have reported plans to cut back on exploration.The government reported that the overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew by at a moderate 2.6 per cent annual rate in the October-December quarter, a sharp slowdown from 5 per cent growth in the third quarter.Economists believe that the slowdown will be temporary, and growth will accelerate this year as consumer spending remains strong, reflecting solid hiring and a big drop in gas prices which is giving households more money to spend on other items.The hope is that the gain in consumer spending will be enough to offset a drag from the global economy, reflecting spreading weakness in many key export markets and a rising value of the dollar, which makes U.S. goods less competitive overseas.The expectation now is that the overall U.S. economy will grow at a rate above 3 per cent for all of 2015, given the country the best annual growth in a decade.Factory production in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, according to data from the Federal Reserve, helped by healthy gains at auto plants. read more

Former Ohio State football player Bradley Roby pleads guilty to having physical

Then-redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby (1) lines up in coverage during a game against Penn State Oct. 26 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFormer Ohio State football player Bradley Roby pleaded guilty to having “physical control” of a vehicle while impaired, reduced from a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence, Tuesday.According to the Franklin County court report, Roby was fined $375 in addition to court fees.Roby was also sentenced to 180 days in jail, a sentence that was suspended on the condition that Roby participate in a three-day driver intervention program. He was given 30 days of probation as well.The former OSU cornerback was charged with OVI April 20.Roby’s agent Michael Perrett issued the following statement to The Lantern following Roby’s plea deal Tuesday.“Though my client, Bradley Roby, maintains his innocence and feels he would have been completely exonerated had he taken this matter to trial, Bradley has accepted the prosecutor’s offer of a reduced charge to ‘physical control’ to bring closure and finality to this situation ahead of next week’s NFL draft,” Perrett said in an email.“A ‘physical control’ citation is a non-moving violation that will not result in any points being added to his driving record and there will be no license suspension. Bradley is scheduled to complete a three-day alcohol educational class this week which will effectively terminate the case. This plea was accepted by the judge and entered into the record today … Bradley is very focused and is excited about starting his NFL career.”Roby, who was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes, voiced his frustration with the matter last week.“I was not driving . I did not get arrested . Was not in a cell . No finger prints . No mugshot,” Roby tweeted April 25 from his personal account, @BradRoby_1.Roby did not immediately respond an email requesting comment Tuesday.He was suspended the first game of the 2013 season after an incident at a bar in Bloomington, Ind., in July. The charges in that case were later dropped.Roby, who redshirted the 2010 season, recorded eight interceptions and 179 total tackles in his time at OSU and was named an All-American by ESPN in 2012. He is one of 30 NFL prospects scheduled to attend the NFL Draft in New York May 8. read more

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Then-redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby (1) lines up in coverage during a game against Penn State Oct. 26 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFormer Ohio State football player Bradley Roby pleaded guilty to having “physical control” of a vehicle while impaired, reduced from a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence, Tuesday.According to the Franklin County court report, Roby was fined $375 in addition to court fees.Roby was also sentenced to 180 days in jail, a sentence that was suspended on the condition that Roby participate in a three-day driver intervention program. He was given 30 days of probation as well.The former OSU cornerback was charged with OVI April 20.Roby’s agent Michael Perrett issued the following statement to The Lantern following Roby’s plea deal Tuesday.“Though my client, Bradley Roby, maintains his innocence and feels he would have been completely exonerated had he taken this matter to trial, Bradley has accepted the prosecutor’s offer of a reduced charge to ‘physical control’ to bring closure and finality to this situation ahead of next week’s NFL draft,” Perrett said in an email.“A ‘physical control’ citation is a non-moving violation that will not result in any points being added to his driving record and there will be no license suspension. Bradley is scheduled to complete a three-day alcohol educational class this week which will effectively terminate the case. This plea was accepted by the judge and entered into the record today … Bradley is very focused and is excited about starting his NFL career.”Roby, who was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes, voiced his frustration with the matter last week.“I was not driving . I did not get arrested . Was not in a cell . No finger prints . No mugshot,” Roby tweeted April 25 from his personal account, @BradRoby_1.Roby did not immediately respond an email requesting comment Tuesday.He was suspended the first game of the 2013 season after an incident at a bar in Bloomington, Ind., in July. The charges in that case were later dropped.Roby, who redshirted the 2010 season, recorded eight interceptions and 179 total tackles in his time at OSU and was named an All-American by ESPN in 2012. He is one of 30 NFL prospects scheduled to attend the NFL Draft in New York May 8. read more

Persons with disabilities brave rain for day of sports

Defying the weather, Guyanese of all ages with disabilities were given the opportunity on Thursday to participate in a friendly competition at the National Park Tarmac.Persons with disabilities being treated to a day of sports d at the National Park Tarmac (Leroy Lyttle photo)This is the third consecutive year the Day of Sports is being hosted by the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre (PPRC). This year PRRC collaborated with the Rehabilitation Department of the Palms Geriatric Home where amputees engaged in competition with persons who suffered a stroke.Planning for the eight sporting activities began in January with the aim of improving the participants’ socialisation and physical capabilities.Elders waiting for the rain to ease so they can participate in the games (Leroy Lyttle photo)One of the coordinators Vanessa Wickham explained, “Ultimately, the goal is to get these persons into society before they would have suffered an amputation or stroke. So, when they participate in a race they can realise their physical capabilities and this will motivate them, boost their confidence and self-esteem.”An occupational therapist at the Palms Geriatric Home Deorani Baboolall noted the sporting event will raise awareness of the programmes available at the two institutions.The day was filled with wheelchair races, shot put, assisted device races, lime and spoon races, cup stacking, dominoes, buns eating competitions and distribution of prizes.Donations to the event were made by Food for the Poor and Banks DIH. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCulture Ministry geared for Mashramani activitiesJanuary 17, 2015In “Business”11 young people with disabilities equipped with new skillsMay 10, 2019In “latest news”Ptolemy Reid Rehab Centre commissions $8M ramp on International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesDecember 3, 2013In “Local News” read more

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Defying the weather, Guyanese of all ages with disabilities were given the opportunity on Thursday to participate in a friendly competition at the National Park Tarmac.Persons with disabilities being treated to a day of sports d at the National Park Tarmac (Leroy Lyttle photo)This is the third consecutive year the Day of Sports is being hosted by the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre (PPRC). This year PRRC collaborated with the Rehabilitation Department of the Palms Geriatric Home where amputees engaged in competition with persons who suffered a stroke.Planning for the eight sporting activities began in January with the aim of improving the participants’ socialisation and physical capabilities.Elders waiting for the rain to ease so they can participate in the games (Leroy Lyttle photo)One of the coordinators Vanessa Wickham explained, “Ultimately, the goal is to get these persons into society before they would have suffered an amputation or stroke. So, when they participate in a race they can realise their physical capabilities and this will motivate them, boost their confidence and self-esteem.”An occupational therapist at the Palms Geriatric Home Deorani Baboolall noted the sporting event will raise awareness of the programmes available at the two institutions.The day was filled with wheelchair races, shot put, assisted device races, lime and spoon races, cup stacking, dominoes, buns eating competitions and distribution of prizes.Donations to the event were made by Food for the Poor and Banks DIH. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCulture Ministry geared for Mashramani activitiesJanuary 17, 2015In “Business”11 young people with disabilities equipped with new skillsMay 10, 2019In “latest news”Ptolemy Reid Rehab Centre commissions $8M ramp on International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesDecember 3, 2013In “Local News” read more

Microsoft is banning gamers playing Halo 4s Crimson map pack

first_imgLast week, Microsoft accidentally sold their first DLC map pack for Halo 4 for absolutely nothing. This may not seem like a big deal, but those who bought the Limited Edition version of Halo 4, and therefore paid $25 extra for the map packs, were slightly annoyed. After all, the Crimson Map Pack was supposed to be available free only to those who had purchased a season pass or the Limited Edition of the game.Microsoft then tried to cover up this mistake by releasing a statement saying it was part of their “14 Day, Buy and Play” program, and that they purposefully made the Crimson Map Pack available for free for a limited time only. This PR campaign didn’t seem to exist before Microsoft accidentally made the DLC free on the store, which is why many suspected it was a cover up.To make matters even worse, gamers who have been playing the Crimson Map Pack are now suffering the wrath of the banhammer. Some gamers who downloaded the Crimson DLC have been getting a message saying they’ve been permanently banned from Halo 4’s online modes. This seems to mainly be affecting players who’ve been playing split-screen games on the new maps. These bans are automatic, but clearly incorrect. 343 Industries say they are not permanently banning those who use or preview the DLC and are currently investigating the issue. An update on the situation is expected tomorrow.It seems to have been one mistake after another with Microsoft and Halo 4, but hopefully everyone who’s been affected by the ban will have it lifted soon. For now, you might want to avoid playing the new DLC maps until the glitch in the system has been resolved.More at the Halo forums, via thesixthaxislast_img read more

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first_imgLast week, Microsoft accidentally sold their first DLC map pack for Halo 4 for absolutely nothing. This may not seem like a big deal, but those who bought the Limited Edition version of Halo 4, and therefore paid $25 extra for the map packs, were slightly annoyed. After all, the Crimson Map Pack was supposed to be available free only to those who had purchased a season pass or the Limited Edition of the game.Microsoft then tried to cover up this mistake by releasing a statement saying it was part of their “14 Day, Buy and Play” program, and that they purposefully made the Crimson Map Pack available for free for a limited time only. This PR campaign didn’t seem to exist before Microsoft accidentally made the DLC free on the store, which is why many suspected it was a cover up.To make matters even worse, gamers who have been playing the Crimson Map Pack are now suffering the wrath of the banhammer. Some gamers who downloaded the Crimson DLC have been getting a message saying they’ve been permanently banned from Halo 4’s online modes. This seems to mainly be affecting players who’ve been playing split-screen games on the new maps. These bans are automatic, but clearly incorrect. 343 Industries say they are not permanently banning those who use or preview the DLC and are currently investigating the issue. An update on the situation is expected tomorrow.It seems to have been one mistake after another with Microsoft and Halo 4, but hopefully everyone who’s been affected by the ban will have it lifted soon. For now, you might want to avoid playing the new DLC maps until the glitch in the system has been resolved.More at the Halo forums, via thesixthaxislast_img read more

Samsung les Galaxy Tab 2 sortiront en retard

first_imgSamsung : les Galaxy Tab 2 sortiront en retardSamsung a confirmé ce matin que ses tablettes tactiles Galaxy Tab 2 accusent du retard. Celui-ci ne serait pas dû à la production mais plutôt à l’intégration d’Android Ice Cream Sandwich.Les impatients devront attendre encore un peu avant de pouvoir acquérir les dernières créations de Samsung. Mercredi, la firme a en effet indiqué que sa gamme de Galaxy Tab 2 sortirait avec du retard. Alors que les tablettes de 7 pouces et 10,1 pouces étaient au départ annoncées pour le mois de mars, leurs lancements (a priori simultanés) seront vraisemblablement décalés de plusieurs semaines.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon la branche britannique de Samsung, ce retard serait en fait dû à Android Ice Cream Sandwich : l’intégration du système d’exploitation aux terminaux serait plus longue qu’espérée. Mais les Galaxy Tab 2 devraient tout de même être commercialisés d’ici fin avril en Angleterre. En France en revanche, il faudra patienter encore davantage. A l’arrivée, les sorties des Galaxy Note 10.1 et Galaxy Tab 2 pourraient donc être très proches… conformément à une stratégie voulue par Samsung ? On l’ignore mais quoi qu’il en soit, ces retards devraient profiter au nouvel iPad, lui bel et bien vendu en boutiques.Le 5 avril 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgSamsung : les Galaxy Tab 2 sortiront en retardSamsung a confirmé ce matin que ses tablettes tactiles Galaxy Tab 2 accusent du retard. Celui-ci ne serait pas dû à la production mais plutôt à l’intégration d’Android Ice Cream Sandwich.Les impatients devront attendre encore un peu avant de pouvoir acquérir les dernières créations de Samsung. Mercredi, la firme a en effet indiqué que sa gamme de Galaxy Tab 2 sortirait avec du retard. Alors que les tablettes de 7 pouces et 10,1 pouces étaient au départ annoncées pour le mois de mars, leurs lancements (a priori simultanés) seront vraisemblablement décalés de plusieurs semaines.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon la branche britannique de Samsung, ce retard serait en fait dû à Android Ice Cream Sandwich : l’intégration du système d’exploitation aux terminaux serait plus longue qu’espérée. Mais les Galaxy Tab 2 devraient tout de même être commercialisés d’ici fin avril en Angleterre. En France en revanche, il faudra patienter encore davantage. A l’arrivée, les sorties des Galaxy Note 10.1 et Galaxy Tab 2 pourraient donc être très proches… conformément à une stratégie voulue par Samsung ? On l’ignore mais quoi qu’il en soit, ces retards devraient profiter au nouvel iPad, lui bel et bien vendu en boutiques.Le 5 avril 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ski Land renaissance

first_imgThe country’s farthest north alpine ski area is getting a facelift. Ski Land, operated since 1962 on Mt. Aurora, 20 miles north of Fairbanks, is undergoing major changes. The area was sold last year and the new owners have been busy in the off season.Listen Now After more than fifty years of operation, Ski Land was starting to go downhill. The area’s infrastructure was aging and when its longtime operators called it quits, the owners decided to sell. Fairbanks doctors Andrew and Jacqueline Cox bought Ski Land, and hired DJ Larsen to manage the area and oversee numerous renovations.”Just a whole host of things to bring Ski Land into its next phase of existence and ensure it has a nice long future,” Larsen said.Larsen lists several off season modernization projects, including overhaul of Skiland’s chairlift.”Redoing the load and unload ramps which let us spin the lift a little faster,” Larsen said. “Revamp both watches. A lot of groundwork around including building a brand new learning area so ther’es somewhere safe to start out if you’ve never skied before.”Larsen added that the area’s rental fleet has been expanded, and a terrain park is being constructed with rails, boxes and other park infrastructure from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.Mark Oldmixon is UAF Director of Recreation, Adventure, and Wellness.“They wanted a train park,” Oldmixon said. “We had one.”Oldmixon said private funding was running out for the campus terrain park and the university agreed to transfer its park equipment, including a snow cat grooming machine, to Ski Land.“And then, in exchange, students will get a season pass,” Oldmixon said.Oldmixon said the UAF terrain park’s short walk up run was great for tricks and jumps, but Skiland, provides a full service facility for all levels of skiers and boarders.  Ski Land is home to a local alpine skiing tradition, Jeff Fay has been a part of it since it began in the 1960’s.“At this point, I’m still the voice of Ski Land,” Fay said. “I’m the guy who does the ski report in the morning.”Fay was a board member of the company that formerly owned Ski Land, and said he feels good about what’s been happening since they sold the area.“So far it has been just a wonderful thing,” Fay said. “There’s lots of really positive change and energy. And the community that Ski Land has been for years is continuing.”Fay credits DJ Larsen’s energetic management with the ongoing transformation of Ski Land. One other change being implemented this season is an increase in daily lift ticket prices, and a drop in season pass rates.last_img read more

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first_imgThe country’s farthest north alpine ski area is getting a facelift. Ski Land, operated since 1962 on Mt. Aurora, 20 miles north of Fairbanks, is undergoing major changes. The area was sold last year and the new owners have been busy in the off season.Listen Now After more than fifty years of operation, Ski Land was starting to go downhill. The area’s infrastructure was aging and when its longtime operators called it quits, the owners decided to sell. Fairbanks doctors Andrew and Jacqueline Cox bought Ski Land, and hired DJ Larsen to manage the area and oversee numerous renovations.”Just a whole host of things to bring Ski Land into its next phase of existence and ensure it has a nice long future,” Larsen said.Larsen lists several off season modernization projects, including overhaul of Skiland’s chairlift.”Redoing the load and unload ramps which let us spin the lift a little faster,” Larsen said. “Revamp both watches. A lot of groundwork around including building a brand new learning area so ther’es somewhere safe to start out if you’ve never skied before.”Larsen added that the area’s rental fleet has been expanded, and a terrain park is being constructed with rails, boxes and other park infrastructure from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.Mark Oldmixon is UAF Director of Recreation, Adventure, and Wellness.“They wanted a train park,” Oldmixon said. “We had one.”Oldmixon said private funding was running out for the campus terrain park and the university agreed to transfer its park equipment, including a snow cat grooming machine, to Ski Land.“And then, in exchange, students will get a season pass,” Oldmixon said.Oldmixon said the UAF terrain park’s short walk up run was great for tricks and jumps, but Skiland, provides a full service facility for all levels of skiers and boarders.  Ski Land is home to a local alpine skiing tradition, Jeff Fay has been a part of it since it began in the 1960’s.“At this point, I’m still the voice of Ski Land,” Fay said. “I’m the guy who does the ski report in the morning.”Fay was a board member of the company that formerly owned Ski Land, and said he feels good about what’s been happening since they sold the area.“So far it has been just a wonderful thing,” Fay said. “There’s lots of really positive change and energy. And the community that Ski Land has been for years is continuing.”Fay credits DJ Larsen’s energetic management with the ongoing transformation of Ski Land. One other change being implemented this season is an increase in daily lift ticket prices, and a drop in season pass rates.last_img read more

Walkers Association holds 286th health lecture

first_imgNampally: The Public Garden Walkers Association’s 286th health lecture was delivered by Dr Vrinda Agarwal, Senior Consultant Endocrionology, Care Hospital, on the theme of ‘You and your hormones,’ on Sunday.Gulam Yazdani, Chairman, Promod Kumar Kedia, Vice President, Prof Masood Ahmed Health Care Advisor and others were present at the monthly health lecture series at Indira Priyadarshni Auditorium at Public Gardens. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Explaining about the theme, Dr Agarwal said while diseases of the endocrine system are common, others commonly discussed may in fact be related to thyroid, pituitary or adrenal glands. Early diagnosis and treatment was the cornerstone of management of the ailments, she stressed. Elaborating, the doctor said hormones affect many different processes in the body including growth and development, metabolism, and reproduction. Imbalances in these hormone levels can lead to a multitude of problems, like diabetes, growth retardation, weak bones, infertility etc. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us She pointed out that India was home to the second largest number of adults living with diabetes and the second largest number of children with type 1 diabetes in the world. In addition, millions of people have impaired glucose tolerance and are at increased risk of developing T2D in the future. Reasons for expanding burden of diabetes include rapid urbanization, high carbohydrate diet, and lack of exercise, delay in diagnosis, patient’s compliance issues and lack of substantial guidance by physicians on blood sugar monitoring. Advertise With Us Mortality and morbidity associated with diabetes and its potential complications lead to a significant health-care burden on both families and society at large, she added. “However, in the recent years, there have been substantial advances in diabetes management in terms of availability of more efficient and safe drugs, insulin preparations and insulin delivery systems along with glucose monitoring technology”, she noted. Another issue crippling our society at large, Dr Vrinda said is excess weight gain or obesity. It is a major international public health problem and creating an enormous socioeconomic and public health burden especially in poorer countries. India, otherwise known for malnutrition, is witnessing a growing epidemic of overweight, obesity, and their consequences. Obesity is a major driver for the widely prevalent metabolic syndrome and type-2 diabetes mellitus. “While we talk about a growing number of people living with diabetes and obesity in our community, it is imperative to talk about the role of lifestyle changes, diet modification and physical activity in our daily routine,” she added.last_img read more

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first_imgNampally: The Public Garden Walkers Association’s 286th health lecture was delivered by Dr Vrinda Agarwal, Senior Consultant Endocrionology, Care Hospital, on the theme of ‘You and your hormones,’ on Sunday.Gulam Yazdani, Chairman, Promod Kumar Kedia, Vice President, Prof Masood Ahmed Health Care Advisor and others were present at the monthly health lecture series at Indira Priyadarshni Auditorium at Public Gardens. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Explaining about the theme, Dr Agarwal said while diseases of the endocrine system are common, others commonly discussed may in fact be related to thyroid, pituitary or adrenal glands. Early diagnosis and treatment was the cornerstone of management of the ailments, she stressed. Elaborating, the doctor said hormones affect many different processes in the body including growth and development, metabolism, and reproduction. Imbalances in these hormone levels can lead to a multitude of problems, like diabetes, growth retardation, weak bones, infertility etc. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us She pointed out that India was home to the second largest number of adults living with diabetes and the second largest number of children with type 1 diabetes in the world. In addition, millions of people have impaired glucose tolerance and are at increased risk of developing T2D in the future. Reasons for expanding burden of diabetes include rapid urbanization, high carbohydrate diet, and lack of exercise, delay in diagnosis, patient’s compliance issues and lack of substantial guidance by physicians on blood sugar monitoring. Advertise With Us Mortality and morbidity associated with diabetes and its potential complications lead to a significant health-care burden on both families and society at large, she added. “However, in the recent years, there have been substantial advances in diabetes management in terms of availability of more efficient and safe drugs, insulin preparations and insulin delivery systems along with glucose monitoring technology”, she noted. Another issue crippling our society at large, Dr Vrinda said is excess weight gain or obesity. It is a major international public health problem and creating an enormous socioeconomic and public health burden especially in poorer countries. India, otherwise known for malnutrition, is witnessing a growing epidemic of overweight, obesity, and their consequences. Obesity is a major driver for the widely prevalent metabolic syndrome and type-2 diabetes mellitus. “While we talk about a growing number of people living with diabetes and obesity in our community, it is imperative to talk about the role of lifestyle changes, diet modification and physical activity in our daily routine,” she added.last_img read more

Mayday Mayday The Ambani Private Flight that Cried Wolf and Caused Mayhem

first_imgThe Rs 242-crore aircraft gifted by Mukesh Ambani to his wife Nita in 2007 repeated distress calls when it was not even air-borne. (not pictured)ReutersMukesh Ambani’s private Airbus 319 has reportedly caused him some embarrassment after distress calls were made from it while it was not even airborne.On the night of 10 November, around 8.32 PM, the Mumbai Air Traffic Control’s main tower received a Mayday alert, which is an internationally recognised signal for distress alert, especially during life-threatening situations, Mumbai Mirror reported. The distress call said that the engine of the flight, which was on a Delhi-Lahore-Muscat route, was on fire and that the aircraft was in rapid descent.By the time the ATC officials identified the aircraft as that of Mukesh Ambani, the second Mayday signal was sent, around 8.38 pm. This distress call repeated that the engine was on fire and that the airbus was falling into the sea.”We contacted the air traffic controls of Delhi and Muscat if they reported an emergency. We also checked with planes flying in that zone if they could see any aircraft with its engine on fire,” a senior ATC official said.Once the ATC officials of both Delhi and Muscat confirmed that all operations were normal, and that no nearby planes had reported any unusual sightings, Mumbai ATC shifted its focus to locating the radio frequency of the distress signals.Imagine their surprise when the source of the call was located nowhere in the sky – or plummeting downwards as the calls claimed – but southwest of the Mumbai airport, where the hangars for the private jets are located. However, the Airbus, which is one of the biggest private jets in the country, was found to be empty.”We sent a team to verify the aircraft parked there,” said the official. Once it was confirmed that the distress calls were made from the aircraft parked at the hangar, the ATC team reported the incident to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The matter is under investigation since Tuesday and a report will be submitted by next week.”Initial investigations show the pilot was probably checking whether the emergency systems and the radio were functioning. But he forgot to inform the ATC that he was conducting these tests,” a senior DGCA official, close to the investigation, said.While Reliance spokesman Tushar Pania also confirmed the same, he maintained that all the relevant authorities were informed. “It was a regular mock drill to test the emergency systems and the ATC and the DGCA were informed,” he said.The Rs 242-crore aircraft had been a gift from Mukesh Ambani to his wife Nita for her 44th birthday in 2007 and is maintained by Jet Airways with the assistance of in-house Reliance engineers. The jet is custom-fitted with an office, a master bedroom, a bathroom with a range of showers, a bar with mood lighting, and a cabin with game consoles, music systems, satellite television and wireless communication.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Rs 242-crore aircraft gifted by Mukesh Ambani to his wife Nita in 2007 repeated distress calls when it was not even air-borne. (not pictured)ReutersMukesh Ambani’s private Airbus 319 has reportedly caused him some embarrassment after distress calls were made from it while it was not even airborne.On the night of 10 November, around 8.32 PM, the Mumbai Air Traffic Control’s main tower received a Mayday alert, which is an internationally recognised signal for distress alert, especially during life-threatening situations, Mumbai Mirror reported. The distress call said that the engine of the flight, which was on a Delhi-Lahore-Muscat route, was on fire and that the aircraft was in rapid descent.By the time the ATC officials identified the aircraft as that of Mukesh Ambani, the second Mayday signal was sent, around 8.38 pm. This distress call repeated that the engine was on fire and that the airbus was falling into the sea.”We contacted the air traffic controls of Delhi and Muscat if they reported an emergency. We also checked with planes flying in that zone if they could see any aircraft with its engine on fire,” a senior ATC official said.Once the ATC officials of both Delhi and Muscat confirmed that all operations were normal, and that no nearby planes had reported any unusual sightings, Mumbai ATC shifted its focus to locating the radio frequency of the distress signals.Imagine their surprise when the source of the call was located nowhere in the sky – or plummeting downwards as the calls claimed – but southwest of the Mumbai airport, where the hangars for the private jets are located. However, the Airbus, which is one of the biggest private jets in the country, was found to be empty.”We sent a team to verify the aircraft parked there,” said the official. Once it was confirmed that the distress calls were made from the aircraft parked at the hangar, the ATC team reported the incident to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The matter is under investigation since Tuesday and a report will be submitted by next week.”Initial investigations show the pilot was probably checking whether the emergency systems and the radio were functioning. But he forgot to inform the ATC that he was conducting these tests,” a senior DGCA official, close to the investigation, said.While Reliance spokesman Tushar Pania also confirmed the same, he maintained that all the relevant authorities were informed. “It was a regular mock drill to test the emergency systems and the ATC and the DGCA were informed,” he said.The Rs 242-crore aircraft had been a gift from Mukesh Ambani to his wife Nita for her 44th birthday in 2007 and is maintained by Jet Airways with the assistance of in-house Reliance engineers. The jet is custom-fitted with an office, a master bedroom, a bathroom with a range of showers, a bar with mood lighting, and a cabin with game consoles, music systems, satellite television and wireless communication.last_img read more

Pope ends Asia tour dominated by Rohingya crisis

first_imgPope Francis wrapped up a high-stakes Asia tour Saturday after meeting Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in a highly symbolic gesture of solidarity with the Muslim minority fleeing violence in Myanmar.The Catholic leader flew out of Dhaka after visiting a hospital run by the order of Mother Theresa and addressing thousands of students on the final day of a visit to Bangladesh and Myanmar that has been dominated by the plight of the Rohingya.Pope Francis is known for championing the rights of refugees and has repeatedly expressed support for the long-suffering Rohingya, describing them as his “brothers and sisters”.The usually forthright pontiff walked a diplomatic tightrope during his four days in Myanmar — the first papal visit to the country — avoiding any direct reference to the Rohingya in public while appealing to Buddhist leaders to overcome “prejudice and hatred”.In Bangladesh he addressed the issue head-on, meeting a group of Rohingya refugees from the squalid camps in southern Bangladesh in an emotional encounter in Dhaka.Among them was a 12-year-old girl who told him she had lost all her family in a Myanmar army attack on her village before fleeing across the border earlier this year.”Your tragedy is very hard, very great, but it has a place in our hearts,” he told them.”In the name of all those who have persecuted you, who have harmed you, in the face of the world’s indifference, I ask for your forgiveness.”- ‘Clear message’ -The pope referred to the refugees as Rohingya, using the term for the first time on the tour after the archbishop of Yangon advised him that doing so in Myanmar could inflame tensions and endanger Christians.The word is politically sensitive in the mainly Buddhist country because many there do not consider the Rohingya a distinct ethnic group, regarding them instead as interlopers from Bangladesh.He had faced criticism from some rights activists and refugees for failing to address the issue publicly.He did not visit the refugee camps, where only a handful were aware that one of the world’s most high-profile leaders was championing their cause just 300 miles (around 500 kilometres) away.One refugee expressed gratitude that the pope had finally uttered the word Rohingya, and said he believed the meeting would have a big impact.”It is the first time that a great world leader has listened to us,” 29-year-old Rohingya teacher Mohammad Zubair told AFP.”This meeting will send a clear message to global leaders.”But Yangon-based analyst David Mathieson said the tour would “do nothing dramatically to alter the humanitarian disaster of Rakhine” in Myanmar, where the violence against the Rohingya has unfolded.”I think the Pope’s strategy for his visit to Bangladesh was (to) keep international attention focused on the immense humanitarian crisis… and provide some inspiration for the Christians of Myanmar,” he said.More than 620,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh since a militant attack on police posts in late August sparked a deadly crackdown by the Myanmar military.They have given consistent accounts of mass rape, killings and villages deliberately burned to the ground by soldiers and Buddhist militia.The two countries last month signed an agreement to begin repatriating refugees, but rights groups say they are concerned about plans to house them in camps away from their former homes — many of which have been destroyed.During his tour the pope led well-attended open-air masses in Bangladesh and Myanmar, which both have small Christian populations.In the morning he was greeted by hundreds of Bangladeshi nuns at the Mother Teresa House clinic in Dhaka, all dressed in the blue-and-white habit favoured by the woman who dedicated her life to the region’s poorest.Earlier he paid tribute to the works of Catholics in Bangladesh, where schools and clinics run by the church provide a lifeline for poor communities.”I am sure if the pope touches my head and prays for me, I’ll be cured,” Ananda Hira, a kidney patient who receives dialysis at the clinic, told AFP ahead of the visit. “God listens to his prayers.” Pope Francis looks on before departing after his three-day visit to Bangladesh, in Dhaka on 2 December, 2017. Photo: AFPlast_img read more

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first_imgPope Francis wrapped up a high-stakes Asia tour Saturday after meeting Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in a highly symbolic gesture of solidarity with the Muslim minority fleeing violence in Myanmar.The Catholic leader flew out of Dhaka after visiting a hospital run by the order of Mother Theresa and addressing thousands of students on the final day of a visit to Bangladesh and Myanmar that has been dominated by the plight of the Rohingya.Pope Francis is known for championing the rights of refugees and has repeatedly expressed support for the long-suffering Rohingya, describing them as his “brothers and sisters”.The usually forthright pontiff walked a diplomatic tightrope during his four days in Myanmar — the first papal visit to the country — avoiding any direct reference to the Rohingya in public while appealing to Buddhist leaders to overcome “prejudice and hatred”.In Bangladesh he addressed the issue head-on, meeting a group of Rohingya refugees from the squalid camps in southern Bangladesh in an emotional encounter in Dhaka.Among them was a 12-year-old girl who told him she had lost all her family in a Myanmar army attack on her village before fleeing across the border earlier this year.”Your tragedy is very hard, very great, but it has a place in our hearts,” he told them.”In the name of all those who have persecuted you, who have harmed you, in the face of the world’s indifference, I ask for your forgiveness.”- ‘Clear message’ -The pope referred to the refugees as Rohingya, using the term for the first time on the tour after the archbishop of Yangon advised him that doing so in Myanmar could inflame tensions and endanger Christians.The word is politically sensitive in the mainly Buddhist country because many there do not consider the Rohingya a distinct ethnic group, regarding them instead as interlopers from Bangladesh.He had faced criticism from some rights activists and refugees for failing to address the issue publicly.He did not visit the refugee camps, where only a handful were aware that one of the world’s most high-profile leaders was championing their cause just 300 miles (around 500 kilometres) away.One refugee expressed gratitude that the pope had finally uttered the word Rohingya, and said he believed the meeting would have a big impact.”It is the first time that a great world leader has listened to us,” 29-year-old Rohingya teacher Mohammad Zubair told AFP.”This meeting will send a clear message to global leaders.”But Yangon-based analyst David Mathieson said the tour would “do nothing dramatically to alter the humanitarian disaster of Rakhine” in Myanmar, where the violence against the Rohingya has unfolded.”I think the Pope’s strategy for his visit to Bangladesh was (to) keep international attention focused on the immense humanitarian crisis… and provide some inspiration for the Christians of Myanmar,” he said.More than 620,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh since a militant attack on police posts in late August sparked a deadly crackdown by the Myanmar military.They have given consistent accounts of mass rape, killings and villages deliberately burned to the ground by soldiers and Buddhist militia.The two countries last month signed an agreement to begin repatriating refugees, but rights groups say they are concerned about plans to house them in camps away from their former homes — many of which have been destroyed.During his tour the pope led well-attended open-air masses in Bangladesh and Myanmar, which both have small Christian populations.In the morning he was greeted by hundreds of Bangladeshi nuns at the Mother Teresa House clinic in Dhaka, all dressed in the blue-and-white habit favoured by the woman who dedicated her life to the region’s poorest.Earlier he paid tribute to the works of Catholics in Bangladesh, where schools and clinics run by the church provide a lifeline for poor communities.”I am sure if the pope touches my head and prays for me, I’ll be cured,” Ananda Hira, a kidney patient who receives dialysis at the clinic, told AFP ahead of the visit. “God listens to his prayers.” Pope Francis looks on before departing after his three-day visit to Bangladesh, in Dhaka on 2 December, 2017. Photo: AFPlast_img read more

EBay May Sell or Spin Off StubHub Ticketing Unit at Urging of

first_img Popular on Variety Responding to pressure from activist investors, eBay announced that it has initiated a strategic review of its assets — which may include the sale or spinoff of its StubHub ticket-resale unit.The ecommerce company also said it is evaluating options for the eBay Classifieds Group. EBay announced the review after activist hedge fund Elliott Management, which acquired more than 4% interest in eBay in January, urged the company to divest StubHub and the classifieds group, arguing in a letter to management that the assets were undervalued. Starboard Value, another activist investor group that holds a 1% stake in eBay, made a similar appeal.StubHub claims to be the world’s largest ticket marketplace with tickets available for over 10 million live sports, music and theatrer events in more than 40 countries. StubHub was acquired by eBay in 2007 for $310 million. For the fourth quarter of 2018, StubHub had revenue of $314 million, up 2% year-over-year, on gross ticket sales of $1.41 billion (down 2%). EBay’s Classifieds platforms posted revenue of $263 million for the period, while its core Marketplace business generated $2.3 billion in revenue.Also Friday, eBay named Jesse Cohn, Elliott Management’s head of U.S. equity activism, and Marvell Technology president and CEO Matt Murphy to its board. The company also announced that it plans to add a third new independent director later in the year.Devin Wenig, president and CEO of eBay, said the company decided to move forward with the changes after meeting with shareholders over the last two months. “The bottom line is that we all share common ground: we see tremendous opportunity ahead and want to see eBay’s full potential realized over the long-term,” Wenig said in a statement. “The initiatives we are announcing today are the result of this constructive dialogue.”In a Jan. 22 letter to eBay’s board, Elliott’s Cohn claimed that strategic changes by eBay could increase its value 75%-100% from its current stock price. “StubHub and eBay’s portfolio of Classifieds properties represent high-value, strategic assets that are worth meaningfully more than the value currently being ascribed to them as part of eBay,” the letter said in part. Cohn also recommended other changes, including “revitalizing” eBay’s Marketplace is after “prolonged, self-inflicted misexecution” and cutting costs to increase operational efficiency.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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first_img Popular on Variety Responding to pressure from activist investors, eBay announced that it has initiated a strategic review of its assets — which may include the sale or spinoff of its StubHub ticket-resale unit.The ecommerce company also said it is evaluating options for the eBay Classifieds Group. EBay announced the review after activist hedge fund Elliott Management, which acquired more than 4% interest in eBay in January, urged the company to divest StubHub and the classifieds group, arguing in a letter to management that the assets were undervalued. Starboard Value, another activist investor group that holds a 1% stake in eBay, made a similar appeal.StubHub claims to be the world’s largest ticket marketplace with tickets available for over 10 million live sports, music and theatrer events in more than 40 countries. StubHub was acquired by eBay in 2007 for $310 million. For the fourth quarter of 2018, StubHub had revenue of $314 million, up 2% year-over-year, on gross ticket sales of $1.41 billion (down 2%). EBay’s Classifieds platforms posted revenue of $263 million for the period, while its core Marketplace business generated $2.3 billion in revenue.Also Friday, eBay named Jesse Cohn, Elliott Management’s head of U.S. equity activism, and Marvell Technology president and CEO Matt Murphy to its board. The company also announced that it plans to add a third new independent director later in the year.Devin Wenig, president and CEO of eBay, said the company decided to move forward with the changes after meeting with shareholders over the last two months. “The bottom line is that we all share common ground: we see tremendous opportunity ahead and want to see eBay’s full potential realized over the long-term,” Wenig said in a statement. “The initiatives we are announcing today are the result of this constructive dialogue.”In a Jan. 22 letter to eBay’s board, Elliott’s Cohn claimed that strategic changes by eBay could increase its value 75%-100% from its current stock price. “StubHub and eBay’s portfolio of Classifieds properties represent high-value, strategic assets that are worth meaningfully more than the value currently being ascribed to them as part of eBay,” the letter said in part. Cohn also recommended other changes, including “revitalizing” eBay’s Marketplace is after “prolonged, self-inflicted misexecution” and cutting costs to increase operational efficiency.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Marine biologist claims lionfish study by sixth grader was lifted from his

first_img Sixth-grader proves invasive species of ocean fish can thrive in low saline water Antennata Lionfish, picture taken in Zoo Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria. Credit: Christian Mehlführer/Wikipedia Adding to the story was reporting by several news outlets that described Arrington’s research as providing evidence of the invasive lionfish living in Florida estuaries. Both Arrington and her father have denied she ever made such a claim. Instead, they say, her research showed that lionfish could live farther upstream in an estuary than others had known about. Complicating things is news that prior to the science fair project, Arrington, her father and Jud were all friends. The father, Albrey, was even listed as a writer on a paper that listed Jud as the lead. Albrey was also, according to Jud, the best friend of Jud’s supervisor when he was still in grad school.Jud’s complaint appears to center around the attention Arrington has received by the press—the accolades heaped on Arrington, he claims, should have been shared with him and his name should have appeared alongside hers in news reports. It was his original research after all, he contends, that led to the research done by Arrington. Jud also insinuates that the omission of his name in news stories was intentional, a move by the Arrington’s to focus the attention on Lauren. The Arrington’s have denied any such attempts and insist that mentions of Jud by either of them to the press were ignored in favor of a more popular storyline.Some in the science community have sided with Jud, apologizing for publishing stories about Arrington’s work without mention of Jud’s previous work—others have looked to discredit Jud, by suggesting that Arrington should have been credited on some of his earlier work as she helped him with some projects when he was still in grad school.At this point it seems clear that the story became perhaps, a little bigger than it should have due to the age of Ms. Arrington and the cuteness of her school science project, leading to a lapse in editorial judgment by some members of the press, unfounded claims in some instances and hurt feelings by one marine biologist. © 2014 Phys.org Zack Jud, a PhD graduate of Florida International University and current marine biologist, has caused a small ruckus in the marine biology community by posting comments on his Facebook Page, suggesting that the work done by thirteen year old Lauren Arrington was actually based on work he’d already done. Arrington, a sixth grade student in Jupiter Florida, and daughter of a professional biologist gained Internet notoriety this past week after news of experiments she conducted on lionfish went viral. Her experiments, which were used as a project in a science fair, demonstrated that lionfish can live in less saline water than had been previously thought. Jud contends that Arrington’s experiments were based on his work, and that he should be getting the credit for the results.center_img Citation: Marine biologist claims lionfish study by sixth grader was lifted from his research (2014, July 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-marine-biologist-lionfish-sixth-grader.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_img Sixth-grader proves invasive species of ocean fish can thrive in low saline water Antennata Lionfish, picture taken in Zoo Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria. Credit: Christian Mehlführer/Wikipedia Adding to the story was reporting by several news outlets that described Arrington’s research as providing evidence of the invasive lionfish living in Florida estuaries. Both Arrington and her father have denied she ever made such a claim. Instead, they say, her research showed that lionfish could live farther upstream in an estuary than others had known about. Complicating things is news that prior to the science fair project, Arrington, her father and Jud were all friends. The father, Albrey, was even listed as a writer on a paper that listed Jud as the lead. Albrey was also, according to Jud, the best friend of Jud’s supervisor when he was still in grad school.Jud’s complaint appears to center around the attention Arrington has received by the press—the accolades heaped on Arrington, he claims, should have been shared with him and his name should have appeared alongside hers in news reports. It was his original research after all, he contends, that led to the research done by Arrington. Jud also insinuates that the omission of his name in news stories was intentional, a move by the Arrington’s to focus the attention on Lauren. The Arrington’s have denied any such attempts and insist that mentions of Jud by either of them to the press were ignored in favor of a more popular storyline.Some in the science community have sided with Jud, apologizing for publishing stories about Arrington’s work without mention of Jud’s previous work—others have looked to discredit Jud, by suggesting that Arrington should have been credited on some of his earlier work as she helped him with some projects when he was still in grad school.At this point it seems clear that the story became perhaps, a little bigger than it should have due to the age of Ms. Arrington and the cuteness of her school science project, leading to a lapse in editorial judgment by some members of the press, unfounded claims in some instances and hurt feelings by one marine biologist. © 2014 Phys.org Zack Jud, a PhD graduate of Florida International University and current marine biologist, has caused a small ruckus in the marine biology community by posting comments on his Facebook Page, suggesting that the work done by thirteen year old Lauren Arrington was actually based on work he’d already done. Arrington, a sixth grade student in Jupiter Florida, and daughter of a professional biologist gained Internet notoriety this past week after news of experiments she conducted on lionfish went viral. Her experiments, which were used as a project in a science fair, demonstrated that lionfish can live in less saline water than had been previously thought. Jud contends that Arrington’s experiments were based on his work, and that he should be getting the credit for the results.center_img Citation: Marine biologist claims lionfish study by sixth grader was lifted from his research (2014, July 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-marine-biologist-lionfish-sixth-grader.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Vice President to unveil Gandhis Grand Wall Mural

first_imgIn what comes as a rare tributary endeavor of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to Rashtrapita on his 150th Birth Anniversary Year, Vice President Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu will unveil Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Grand Wall Mural’ at New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) Main Building on January 31, 2019.This 150 square meters clay mural is made of ‘Kulhads’ from the hands of 150 village potters across India, who assembled to make it at Morbi in Gujarat. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEnthused with the classical efforts shown by the artisans, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that KVIC had decided to mark the occasion with practical display of Gandhian thoughts on village industries, at a time when the whole nation is celebrating Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary in different styles. “With the co-operation of these 150 highly-skilled potters from all over the country, we have made this wall mural, using their kulhads,” he said, adding, “They had brought clay of their respective regions which has been mixed to produce the kulhads for the mural. Kulhads of 75 mm diameter and 90 mm height were made on electric pottery wheels given by KVIC.” “The potters have finished the kulhads as per tradition and design requirements. Altogether 5,000 kulhads were produced, of which the best 3,870 kulhads – making them all-weather proof by baking at high temperatures and glazing – were used in the final design.” Ahmedabad-based designer terracotta and ceramic art studio, Clay Club Innovations, had designed the artwork. Expressing his happiness on this tributary endeavour of KVIC, the Minister of State for MSME Giriraj Singh, who will be the Guest of Honour on this occasion, said, “It will really be a proud moment for the nation when KVIC’s grand mural will prominently be displayed in the heart of the national Capital – showcasing the combined ‘sweaty’ efforts of village potters across the nation.”last_img read more

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first_imgIn what comes as a rare tributary endeavor of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to Rashtrapita on his 150th Birth Anniversary Year, Vice President Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu will unveil Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Grand Wall Mural’ at New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) Main Building on January 31, 2019.This 150 square meters clay mural is made of ‘Kulhads’ from the hands of 150 village potters across India, who assembled to make it at Morbi in Gujarat. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEnthused with the classical efforts shown by the artisans, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that KVIC had decided to mark the occasion with practical display of Gandhian thoughts on village industries, at a time when the whole nation is celebrating Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary in different styles. “With the co-operation of these 150 highly-skilled potters from all over the country, we have made this wall mural, using their kulhads,” he said, adding, “They had brought clay of their respective regions which has been mixed to produce the kulhads for the mural. Kulhads of 75 mm diameter and 90 mm height were made on electric pottery wheels given by KVIC.” “The potters have finished the kulhads as per tradition and design requirements. Altogether 5,000 kulhads were produced, of which the best 3,870 kulhads – making them all-weather proof by baking at high temperatures and glazing – were used in the final design.” Ahmedabad-based designer terracotta and ceramic art studio, Clay Club Innovations, had designed the artwork. Expressing his happiness on this tributary endeavour of KVIC, the Minister of State for MSME Giriraj Singh, who will be the Guest of Honour on this occasion, said, “It will really be a proud moment for the nation when KVIC’s grand mural will prominently be displayed in the heart of the national Capital – showcasing the combined ‘sweaty’ efforts of village potters across the nation.”last_img read more