PWDs panel to supervise progress of projects

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to expedite completion of projects, the State Public Works Department (PWD) has formed a special monitoring committee that will keep a close eye on their progress. State Principal Secretary Arnab Roy has issued a directive on completing all ongoing projects by September as it has been found that some PWD projects have not been completed within the stipulated time. Roy has warned that failure to complete projects within the given deadline would be “viewed seriously”. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSources in the department said a five-member special monitoring committee has been constituted to fast track projects under their execution. The committee is headed by assistant chief engineer, Anjan Kumar Saha, the other members are namely joint secretary Amit Kumar Biswas, assistant chief engineer Debasish Roy and executive engineers Muztaba Kamal and Amitabha Chakraborty. A notification has been issued by the PWD. “The committee will not only inspect all the ongoing projects but will issue necessary advice to the concerned officers to expedite work as well as ensure quality. The members of the committee may even seek necessary clarifications from engineers whenever they feel necessary,” said a PWD official. The committee will submit reports on the progress of various projects to the department periodically. The engineer-in-chief and ex-officio secretary of the PWD will supervise the functioning of the committee and intervene as and when needed. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has always stressed on timely completion of projects.last_img read more

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British Columbia school board votes to provide students free tampons pads

first_imgNEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — A British Columbia school board believes it is one of the first in the country to provide free feminine hygiene products in washrooms.Members of the New Westminster school board debated and unanimously passed a motion Tuesday night.Starting in September, tampons and pads will be available in women’s and universal washrooms in elementary, middle and high schools in New Westminster.Douglas College Prof. Selina Tribe proposed the motion, calling it an issue of equality because access to tampons and pads  “is as essential as toilet paper for a normal bodily function that affects half the population.”She says most schools have dispensers for menstrual products, but charge for the items.The cost of installing the free dispensers is estimated at $10,000, while district staff say stocking them will cost about $7000 annually.Tribe expects the overall cost will amount to less than $1 per student by the second year of the program.New Westminster School Board chairman Mark Gifford says the issue received little attention until it was brought to trustees.“I think that’s a little bit of a reflection of some of the stigma that can be around having conversations about periods and menstruation and it was a common sense step for the board to take,” he says.The school board is expected to call for a provincewide roll out, but Education Minister Rob Fleming first wants to see how the program develops in New Westminster.“I’m sure that they’re getting some inquiries from other districts right now, about how they managed to create that program and how they’re administering it,” says Fleming.Tribe believes free and readily available pads and tampons could dramatically improve the school experience for some students.“We know that girls, if they can’t manage their periods properly, they will remove themselves from activities, from extracurricular or athletic activities, also social activities, and in the worst case, they will actually miss school if they cannot manage their period,” she says. (News1130)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Manslaughter conviction tossed for exclusion of First Nations on jury

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Aboriginal man convicted of manslaughter has been granted a new trial in what is being described as a landmark decision after the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled First Nations weren’t included in the jury selection pool.As a result the court found Clifford Kokopenace’s 2008 trial was invalid, as was his subsequent conviction of manslaughter in the stabbing death of a friend on the Grassy Narrows First Nation.The court found the exclusion of First Nations from the jury roll and the Crown not negotiating with Nishnawbe Aski Nation over the matter violated Kokopenace’s constitutional rights.“The courts found that the Crown efforts to create a representative jury were willfully inadequate, including finding that the Crown ‘completely ignored’ the process for negotiating with First Nations leadership on addressing the question of exclusion of First Nations from juries,” said lawyer Julian Falconer who represented Nishnawbe Aski Nation as an intervenor on the appeal heard last May.The court made the ruling in a 2-1 decision Friday and the problem is not with the system Ontario has adopted, but rather with the way the province failed to deal with problems with the process said Jonathan Rudin, program director of Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto.“What the majority of the court found was that Ontario’s method of selecting jurors denies Aboriginal people in northern Ontario their right to a fair trial since it does not allow for a First Nations on-reserve residents to be properly represented on jury panels,” said Rudin. “Ensuring the system meaningfully includes First Nations on-reserve residents engages the honour of the Crown.”Rudin said the decision does not mean that an Aboriginal accused person has to have First Nations on-reserve people on his or her particular jury, but that the larger panel from which jurors are chosen has to be representative.“This case is of tremendous consequence, because it sets a standard of conduct for government with including First Nations in the justice system,” said Falconer. “This goes to the very root of Aboriginal alienation from the justice system and prescribes the standards that the Crown ought to be meeting and certainly rejects he steps that have been taken to date.”The court had upheld Kokopenace’s conviction but suspended the ruling pending the outcome of the constitutional challenge.Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said they’ve been pursing the issue since 2008 when it was learned the Kashechewan Inquest into the deaths of Jamie Goodwin and Ricardo Wesley contained the names of First Nations people from only 14 of NAN’s 49 First Nations on the jury roll.“We were stonewalled by the government and had to take this to the courts,” said Fiddler. “We are hopeful that the Ontario government will now see that this is the way forward.”In February, Frank Iacobucci released his report First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries that looked at First Nation representation on Ontario jury rolls. The report came with 17 recommendatiosn.last_img read more

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Charlie Hebdo Cover Mocks Tariq Ramadan and Islam for Sex Assault

By Sana ElouaziRabat – The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published a front-page caricature on Wednesday depicting the Swiss-born Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan with a “huge” erection, arousing virulent reactions among social media users.In its latest edition, titled “The Defense of Tariq Ramadan,” the magazine portrays  the Oxford professor – lately accused of multiple sexual assaults – with a comically large  erection, below a speech bubble that reads “I am the 6th pillar of Islam,” referring to his exaggerated phallus. The drawing, signed by cartoonist Pierrick Juin, has became one of the top trending topics on social media in France, according to many local news outlets.The caricature provoked strong reactions on social media, sparking a heated debate between those who saw the cover as offensive towards Islam, and others who praised the humor of Charlie Hebdo and the pertinence of its front-page.Une fois n’est pas coutume, je me suis étouffé avec mon café en voyant la une #CharlieHebdo sur #TariqRamadan ! Très très drôle ! ? pic.twitter.com/x76f6zwIHw— Thomas Dubois (@thomasddb) November 1, 2017[Once again, I choked on my coffee while seeing the cover of #CharlieHebdo on #TariqRamadan! Very very funny!]Ceux qui feignent de ne pas comprendre l’humour dans la une du Charlie Hebdo de cette semaine sont soit de mauvaise foi, soit irrécupérables— Andika (@Nyantho) November 1, 2017[Those who pretend not to understand the humor of this week’s Charlie Hebdo cover are either dishonest or a lost cause.]Merci #CharlieHebdo cette Une est juste magique. Le grand “@TariqRamadan respecte drôlement bien les 5 piliers de l’islam pic.twitter.com/DO5G776OpC— Keri Mendes (@kkerima) October 31, 2017[Thank you #CharlieHebdo, this cover is just magical. The great @TariqRamadan undeniably respects the five pillars of Islam]Others have contested the magazine’s obsession with Islam and its followers, claiming it ignored many current sex scandals committed by non-Muslims.Je n’arrive pas à voir le rapport entre un supposé viol et l’islam. Charlie Hebdo est fidèle à lui-même pas drôle, vulgaire et répugnant. pic.twitter.com/6RO6eQ2EbX— Caméléon ?? (@Cameleon1988) November 1, 2017[I can not see the link between an alleged rape and Islam. Charlie Hebdo is true to itself: not funny, vulgar and disgusting.]“Horrible la une de Charlie Hebdo sur Tariq Ramadan, ils sont vraiment obsédés par l’Islam !!!”Rappel ?? pic.twitter.com/fHHqLiiPON— Antoine Lévèque (@Antoine_Lvq) November 1, 2017[A horrible Charlie Hebdo’s cover on Tariq Ramadan, they are really obsessed with Islam!!!]Lassalle & Éric Monier accusés d’abus sexuels, Polanski de pédophilie.Mais Charlie Hebdo fait sa Une sur le seul musulman accusé de viol. pic.twitter.com/1EIY5lp98B— Salem Rami (@Jeru_Saleem) October 31, 2017[Lassalle and Eric Monier are accused of sexual abuse, Polanski of pedophilia. But Charlie Hebdo makes its cover on the only Muslim accused of rape.]The satirical weekly has become infamous for its caricatures, especially those ridiculing Islam. In January, its offices became the target of a terror attack that killed 12 people in January 2015, after it caricatured the prophet Mohammed in several cartoons.“Violent and aggressive, yes. But Rapist … I am stunned!”In a matter of two weeks, three women have accused Ramadan of sexual harassment, assault, rape, and death threats. Henda Ayari, an ex-Salafi author, was the first woman to bring matters to justice, saying she was adamant to “carry this fight till the end, whatever the cost.”But since the revelation of the case, Ayari was strongly attacked on social networks, as many supporters weaved conspiracy theories against the Islamologist, claiming to be founded by “jewish” bodies.In response, Ramadan filed a suit against his accusers for “slander and defamation,” saying in a Facebook post that he “categorically rejects these false allegations.”While Ramadan is presumed innocent until proven otherwise, the investigators will have to verify the accusations held against him,  as the plaintiffs provided medical records and recorded exchanges with the professor.On October 31, Bernard Godard, a French official considered the “Monsieur Islam” of the French Ministry of Interior between 1997 and 2004, admitted to being aware of Ramadan’s “violent and aggressive” sexuality.“That he had many mistresses, that he consulted sites, that girls were brought to the hotel at the end of his lectures, that he invited them to undress, that some resisted and that he could become violent and aggressive, yes, but I have never heard of rapes, I am stunned,” he told French magazine L’Obs.Other women had already confided in recent years to journalists, who had gathered their testimonies without being able to publish them, since the victims, muzzled by fear, did not want to file a complaint. They all revealed being “threatened” by Ramadan.For the time being, the investigation is on the hands of Paris’ prosecutor office. read more

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HBC strikes 16B deal to unlock real estate value amid investor pressure

TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) has struck a $1.6 billion deal that will see it sell its flagship Lord & Taylor property and lease out office space in some of its other high-profile locations amid mounting pressure from an activist shareholder.The company announced Tuesday that it will sell the Lord & Taylor space on New York’s tony Fifth Avenue to WeWork Property Advisors, a joint venture between workspace company WeWork and Rhone Capital, in a deal valued at $1.075 billion.In a related transaction, Rhone Capital will buy $632 million of equity in the Toronto-based retailer. HBC expects to use the $1.6 billion in proceeds from the sale and investment to reduce debt or increase cash on its balance sheet. About $501 million of that will be used to repay the mortgage on the Lord & Taylor property.The deals come as HBC faces increased pressure from a U.S. activist investment fund that has argued Hudson’s Bay stock is worth only one-third of the real estate it owns.Land & Buildings Investment Management called Monday for the removal of HBC’s board, which is chaired by Richard Baker. The company announced Friday Baker will also act as interim CEO after current chief executive Gerald Storch announced his departure.The company’s management has been under pressure for months from Land & Buildings, which estimates that HBC’s real estate is worth $35 per share. HBC shares gained two per cent or 23 cents on Tuesday to close at $11.98 at the Toronto Stock Exchange.Baker said the deals will strengthen the retailer and “enable us to drive ongoing value creation.”“HBC and WeWork have been working together to reimagine retail environments for current and future generations,” Baker said in a statement.Lord & Taylor retail operations will continue to occupy all of the Manhattan location through the end of next year’s holiday season. The Lord & Taylor flagship location will eventually house a smaller store as well as the New York headquarters of WeWork, which provides working space and services for more than 150,000 members around the world.The agreement will also see WeWork lease the upper floors of three HBC department stores: the Queen Street location in Toronto, the Granville Street store in Vancouver and Galeria Kaufhof in Frankfurt.“The acquisition by WeWork Property Advisors of the Lord & Taylor flagship building on Fifth Avenue is a statement of intent and commitment by WeWork to New York City,” said Adam Neumann, the company’s co-founder and CEO.HBC and WeWork plan to work together across the Canadian company’s global real estate portfolio and product offerings, including exclusive HBC sales online and in store for WeWork’s members.Rhone has agreed to pay $12.42 each for nearly 51 million HBC convertible preferred shares. They can be converted into an equal number of HBC common shares, which represent a 21.8 per cent stake in the company.Rhone and WeWork will also each have the right to appoint a representative to the HBC board of directors.HBC says the private placement is subject to approvals by regulators in Canada and the United States, expected in November. It expects to close the Lord & Taylor real estate transaction by Aug. 10, 2018. read more

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Pope Francis warns Church of dangers of inaction

first_imgPOPE FRANCES WARNED today that the troubled Catholic Church risked becoming little more than a charity with no spiritual foundations if it failed to undergo renewal.The 76-year-old Argentinian told the cardinals who elected him as Latin America’s first pope that the Church could “end up a compassionate NGO”.“I would like all of us after these days of grace to have the courage to walk in the presence of the Lord,” Francis said in his first mass, amid the splendour of the Sistine Chapel.He warned the cardinals against “the worldliness of the Devil”.“Walking, building and confessing are not so easy. Sometimes there are tremors,” the pope said, in a homily that will be scrutinised for clues to the style of his leadership.FollowersThe new head of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, who was formerly known as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, had begun his reign by meeting people in Rome and laying a bouquet of flowers in homage to the Virgin Mary in a basilica.The pope also prayed at the altar of St Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order to which he belongs.He returned to the priests’ quarters where he stayed before the conclave and settled his own bill.The election of the son of an Italian emigrant railway worker, who was considered a rank outsider, was met with widespread surprise and expressions of hope for change in a Church riven by scandal and internal conflict.His elevation was also seen as recognition of the Church’s power in Latin America, which now accounts for 40 percent of the world’s Catholics, while it is in decline in Europe.Projecting an image as a simple man of the people, the pope chose to name himself after St Francis of Assisi, the 13th century saint who shunned the riches of his family to devote himself to God and the poor.The Vatican revealed that, for the ride back to the conclave lodgings after Wednesday’s election, Francis shunned the papal limousine with the “Vatican City State One” number plates and instead boarded a minibus with the cardinals.The Argentinian of Italian descent, the 266th pope, faces the immediate challenges of stamping his authority on the Vatican machinery and trying to coax back worshippers that are deserting churches across the WestThe sexual abuse of children by paedophile priests stretching back decades cast a dark shadow over the conclave, which included several cardinals implicated in the scandals.A US man who has just won a $1 million settlement for abuse at the hands of a Californian priest called for Francis to excise the “cancer” in the Church and defrock one of those cardinals, former Los Angeles archbishop Roger Mahony, for allegedly hushing up the abuse.“I hope that our new pope defrocks … Cardinal Mahony for his role in covering up the abuse that I suffered,” Michael Duran said, while acknowledging: “I don’t have high hopes for that.”- © AFP, 2013Read: Pope Francis is technically the Bishop of Kilfenora, Co Clare>last_img read more

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PICS Guinness tanks move through Dublin overnight

first_imgImage: @seamusguidera/TwitterGARDAÍ WARNED YESTERDAY that an “abnormal load” would travel from Dun Laoghaire Port to St James Gate between 10pm yesterday and 3am today.The convoy featured ten giant Guinness silos, each capable of holding up to one million pints of stout.Image: John Cunningham/TwitterThe vats arrived at the Carlisle Pier earlier this month on the vessel MV Myrte. The tanks are some 22 metres long, 6.6 metres wide and 5.4 metres high.According to Celtic Forwarding transport group, the silos will be used in the Guinness brewery extension.Image: Celtic ForwardingImage: Celtic Forwardinglast_img read more

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Cech or Leno Emery names his pick ahead of Arsenals next game

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery has confirmed that he will be sticking with Petr Cech for their upcoming game against Chelsea on SaturdayCech’s status as Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper has been put into question following Bernd Leno’s £22m arrival from Bayer Leverkusen during the summer transfer window.But, while he retained his place in goal for Arsenal’s first league game of the season against Manchester City, Cech struggled to adapt to Emery’s new style of play and had nearly conceded an own goal.Although the 36-year-old did pull some saves during the encounter, despite the Gunners losing 2-0 to Pep Guardiola’s side.“I am very happy with his performance,” said Emery, according to Sky Sports.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“I think he has experience, quality, capacity like a first goalkeeper with us – and also Bernd Leno.“They are two goalkeepers important for us. Different qualities but for us, like we want to play, the two goalkeepers can play.“Saturday the decision is easy, Petr Cech will continue to start the match, I believe in him. If he starts bad, I believe in him also.”Arsenal will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.last_img read more

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Bay Theatre marquee being removed after storm causes it to collapse

first_imgBay Theatre marquee being removed after storm causes it to collapse Ed Lenderman, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: National City FacebookTwitter Posted: January 10, 2018 Updated: 4:58 PMcenter_img Ed Lenderman 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsNATIONAL CITY(KUSI) —The Bay Theatre marquee in National City will be removed Wednesday after it collapsed during a powerful storm that ripped through San Diego County.The yellow-and-white, roughly three-story-tall structure atop the Bay Theatre — featuring a giant “B,” “A” and “Y,” from top to bottom — crashed down at some point during the night or early morning Tuesday, landing on a sidewalk and breaking apart, National City Emergency Services Director Frank Parra said.The partial collapse of the 1940s-era building, which in recent years has been home to a church congregation, caused no reported injuries, though it did force a road closure.To see the full removal of the sign, watch the video below. Skip to 3:00 to get straight to the removal process. January 10, 2018last_img read more

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Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem Visits Fairbanks

first_imgGloria Steinem at a press conference in Fairbanks Friday.CREDIT DAN BROSS / KUACFeminist pioneer Gloria Steinem speaks at the University of Alaska Fairbanks on Friday night. The human rights activist’s visit was instigated by local politics.Download Audio:University of Alaska Fairbanks Summer Session and Lifelong Learning Program Director Michelle Bartlet reached out to the Ms. Magazine founder last year after a borough assembly member unsuccessfully pushed to get the local Food Coop to stop selling the magazine because of a story in support of the right to abortion.Bartlet says a Fairbanks organizing committee subsequently raised thirty thousand dollars from individuals, businesses and organizations to pay for the Steinem’s event, which is free to the public. Steinem spoke with reporters Friday morning. She says Alaska was the only U.S. state she’d yet to visit and that the local story about an attempt to ban Ms. got her attention.Steinem attributes attempts to do things like ban a magazine empowering women’s reproductive rights, to a fundamental top down control model that underlies injustice and violence.Steinem points to what she calls “supremacy crimes” like mass shootings and murder suicides as the saddest expression of the male control mindset.  The 81 year old Steinem says she takes hope in major changes she’s seen over her decades as an activist and organizer, adding that humans have great ability to adapt.Gloria Steinem’s only Alaska speaking engagement is tonight event at UAF, but the event will be streaming live over the web.last_img read more

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Tribe explores selfdetermination options in downtown Craig

first_imgThe Craig Tribal Association building is in the center of Craig. (Image: Google)Indian law is often complicated and obscure. But one bit of Indian law just got a lot more concrete for the Southeast community of Craig: the concept of land into trust. The Craig Tribal Association is the first Alaska tribe to apply to put property in trust with the federal government.Listen Now The tribe wants to place slightly over one acre in trust. It’s in downtown Craig, and it’s the building that houses the tribal offices. It’s zoned commercial and parts of it are leased to others.  It also has a big hall the tribe rents for weddings and dinners.Craig Tribal President Clinton Cook, Sr. says if the Interior secretary agrees to take the tribe’s building and the adjacent parking lot into trust, the tribe of about 450 will be better able to chart its own future.“The goal for all tribes is to be able to be self-determined, away from the state and municipality telling you what you can do with you land,” he said.Tribal lands held in trust have a legal status similar to Lower 48 reservations. Trust lands are free of some state and local regulations, though exactly which is a complicated question. Cook says the tribe has no plans to change the use of the property, but they have pondered some ideas. Among those ideas is gaming.“There’s really no gaming in Craig, because … you have to file through the state and city, and get a gaming license and you’re subject to a lot of taxes,” he said. “Land-into-trust will eliminate a lot of tax burden on a casino or a gaming (operation).”Cook says they’ve also thought about retail opportunities.“The marijuana business is something that has been touched upon by our tribal council,” he said. “But just talking about it. It doesn’t mean we’re going that way. It means it will allow us to do this, with land into trust.”The federal rules allowing Alaska land-in-trust have been on hold due to a legal challenge. But the state dropped its opposition, opening the door for tribes to begin applying.Cook says he thinks the BIA officially received the Craig application first because there’s little or no opposition in the city of Craig, which has a population of about 1,200. The tribal president says he doesn’t know if the municipality objects. The city already exempts nonprofit enterprises, including the tribe, from its tax rolls, so he doesn’t think the city would be hurt by the change.The Craig city administrator declined to be interviewed for this story, saying he wanted to hear the tribe’s intentions first.The idea of having pockets of Indian Country around Alaska is certainly controversial in some circles. Don Mitchell is an Anchorage attorney and author. He’s become the arch-enemy of many Native advocates because he disputes Congress intended to accord the legal status tribal sovereignty on Alaska Native communities. He says the Craig application illustrates that the potential impact isn’t just to distant acreage.“One thing that people do not understand is the statute gives the secretary the authority to take title into trust of any land, located anywhere,” Mitchell said. “So in this case, the first example out of the block is down in the Southeast Alaska community of Craig. It could just as easily be in downtown Anchorage.”The BIA has asked for comments on the Craig proposal. The agency is accepting them through the first week of November.last_img read more

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TCS HCL Shares Dive As Profits Fall Below Expectations

first_imgShares in HCL Technologies fell more than 8 percent on Friday, even though it posted a 32 percent rise in quarterly net profit.Meanwhile, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is set to see its biggest single day fall since May 2009 after its earnings disappointed and estimates fell as much as 8.5 percent, while its sequential U.S. dollar revenue growth also lagged. Analysts said TCS’ 6.4 percent revenue growth from the previous quarter missed estimates for nearly 8 percent growth. Earnings also came slightly below market expectations.In case of HCL, technology outsourcing company’s revenue growth of 12.8 percent in dollar terms was below street expectations, stock market dealers said.For most IT services companies, analysts and investors track the dollar sales numbers as clients oversees get billed in that currency.HCL earned 18.73 billion rupees ($303.44 million) in profit in the September quarter, compared to 14.16 billion rupees last year. Analysts, on average, were expecting the profit to be at 17.29 billion rupees, as per Thomson Reuters data.TCS made a net profit of 52.88 billion rupees ($854.46 million) during its fiscal second quarter ended Sept. 30, up 13.6 percent from a year earlier but below the average analyst forecast of 53.84 billion rupees according to Thomson Reuters. TCS, part of the salt-to-steel Tata conglomerate, fell short of market expectations in part due to an unexpected growth slowdown in Latin America, which had previously been a growth driver among emerging markets.last_img read more

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Did Varun Dhawan cancel engagement plan with Natasha Dalal at last minute

first_imgVarun Dhawan and girlfriend Natasha DalalTwitterVarun Dhawan and his girlfriend Natasha Dalal were reportedly supposed to get engaged on the former’s birthday, but the plan was cancelled at the last moment.It has been reported that Varun had planned to introduce Natasha as his would-be wife on his birthday (April 24), but the actor changed his mind, and decided to celebrate his special day with her abroad.”We heard the plan was to announce Coolie No. 1 and bring Varun’s girlfriend Natasha out on the stage as the bahu of the Dhawan family. But there were last-minute changes of plan and Varun flew out of the country for his birthday with his girlfriend,” The Asian Age quoted a source as saying.The report further stated that Varun has decided to postpone his engagement and marriage due to his hectic work schedule.”Varun is very busy right now. He needs to take time off from his schedule and devote time to engagement and wedding. It will all happen in due course,” the source further told the publication.Varun’s last film Kalank was highly anticipated, but the multi-starrer bombed at the box office. It finally broke the record of 100 percent success rate of Varun. However, the actor has a good line-up of movies.His upcoming films include Coolie No 1, Street Dancer and also reportedly Judwaa 3.last_img read more

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US Economy Grew At 26 Percent In Second Quarter

first_imgGene J. Puskar/APCars on a dealer lot in Pittsburgh. Consumer spending helped drive economic growth in the 2nd quarter to more than double first quarter GDP.The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 2.6 percent between April and June.It was nice comeback from the tepid 1.2 percent annual growth rate of the first quarter and more in line with the turbo-charged growth of 3 percent that has been promised by the Trump administration.The latest growth was partially driven by an increase in consumer spending. It’s a positive sign that Americans are opening up their wallets, especially since consumer spending makes up about 70 percent of the economy.What’s remarkable is that even though it hasn’t quite felt like it, the U.S. economy just recorded its 96th month of growth since the Great Recession.That makes this the third-longest economic expansion in U.S. history, behind the 1990s (120 months) and the 1960s (106 months), according to Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC Financial Services.This eight-year-long period of prosperity hasn’t been felt by all parts of America. Faucher isn’t impressed and calls it “disappointing.”Why? Because growth has not been robust. It’s the “slow, but steady” kind. At an annual growth rate of 2.1 percent it falls far short of the 3.3 percent average growth the U.S. economy recorded from the 1970s through the 1990s.What’s held this current economy from growing at a faster pace, he says, is a mix of things including “policy mistakes…political infighting in Washington…and business uncertainty.”This is the first economic report that captures the first full quarter of GDP growth since Trump became president. However, most economists wouldn’t attribute the growth to the president’s policies, since not much has been implemented yet.It is also still short of the 3 percent growth targeted by the president’s team to achieve its economic objectives. The economy has not achieved a 3 percent level of annual growth since the Great Recession.Friday’s number is just the first estimate on second quarter GDP growth. The Commerce Department, which releases the data, will revise it in coming months, once it gets more accurate data.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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Complaints About Crash Bandicoot Trilogy Being Too Difficult

first_img Upon its release in late June, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was compared to Dark Souls by some gaming outlets. Crash Bandicoot games were always challenging, but many reviewers and consumers found the remastered title exceptionally difficult. It turns out that these complaints aren’t entirely unfounded.In an Activision blog post, Vicarious Visions’ Kevin Kelly explained how Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is different from the original games. The studio wanted a more “cohesive experience across all three games.” In order to achieve that, each title has the physics of Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. Since that is the third game in the trilogy, it has the most updated controls. While the logic behind making all the games play the same is sound, it does make the original Crash Bandicoot harder than it used to be.“We went through rounds of internal testing, user testing, and iterations to get each game’s handling to just the right place,” said Kelly. “In the end, we ended up tuning jump differently for each game, so that the jump metrics are the same as the originals. However, there are a few subtle differences in Crash Bandicoot, chief among these being the fact that you fall more quickly upon release of the X button than you did in the original first game.”Kelly went on to say: “An increased precision is now required in the first game, which makes the gameplay experience different. Particularly if you are a new player, you may want to start with the second and third games first, and then come back to try Crash Bandicoot after you’ve had more practice. For those of you who played the originals and acquired a fair amount of muscle memory, re-learning the handling in our game may present an additional challenge you weren’t expecting. But we’re sure you up to the task.”I’ve played a little bit of the first game in this collection and can vouch for how tough it can be. But like any title, users just need to acclimate to its controls. Despite being more challenging than expected, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is still a solid and fun experience. I highly recommend it to any PlayStation 4 user. Just… be patient with it.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Hands-On: ‘Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled’ Is Another Lavish Crash B…The Biggest Trailers From the 2018 Game Awards Stay on targetlast_img read more

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She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay News | April 10, 2014 Ontario Association of Radiologists supports Choosing Wisely Canada National campaign aims to reduce unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures April 10, 2014 — The Ontario Association of Radiologists (OAR) strongly supports the Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) campaign, launched by the Canadian Medical Assn. CWC is a campaign that encourages physicians and patients to engage in healthy conversations ensuring access to medically necessary tests, treatments and procedures, and to help them make smart and effective choices to ensure high-quality patient care. The campaign is modeled after the Choosing Wisely campaign in the United States, which was launched in April 2012.The CWC is led by eight national medical societies, including the Canadian Association of Radiology (CAR), to develop lists of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question.” These lists identify tests, treatments or procedures that are not supported by evidence, and/or could unnecessarily cause patients to be exposed to radiation.The five areas that were addressed by CAR include:Criteria for lower back painMinor head traumaUncomplicated headacheCT for appendicitis in childrenAnkle x-rays in adults The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more center_img Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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A complete list of recommendations is available at choosingwiselycanada.org.”While we are supportive of the CWC and its recommendations, the OAR continues to work to ensure high quality patient care and to advocate for improved patient access to a broad range of imaging technologies,” said OAR President, Mark Prieditis. “We remain deeply concerned that the Ontario Ministry of Health has chronically underfunded the purchase and operation of full-field digital mammography (FFDM) equipment, which is the best diagnostic equipment to detect breast cancer.”Ontario still lags behind the rest of Canada in its adoption of digital mammography services, an issue that the OAR first addressed in 2010.  FFDM equipment, with its capability of adding breast tomosynthesis (a method for performing higher resolution imaging) has proven to detect up to 30 per cent more cancers when used to screen women for breast cancer. The OAR recommends that all women consult with their physicians regarding regular breast screening, at the age of 40.In addition to advocating for improved breast screening in Ontario, the OAR is actively working towards the re-launch of its Canadian Bone Mineral Densitometry (CBMD) Facility Accreditation Program.  The popular four-year pilot project, launched in 2009, was put on hold in 2013 when the MOHLTC abruptly terminated its funding and commitment to provide accreditation as part of the province’s Osteoporosis Strategy. The OAR is currently restructuring the project as an online program that will be launched in 2015.For more info: www.oar.info, www.choosingwiselycanada.org A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. 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first_imgANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Officials say seven police officers have been temporarily laid off while being investigated for the severe beating of a man that was captured on video and broadcast on Turkish televisions.The grainy video that has caused outrage in Turkey, shows a group of policemen lashing a man with a belt, beating him with batons and kicking him as he lay on a street.The Istanbul governor’s office said Thursday seven officers are being probed over the incident. Comments   Share   Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Patients with chronic pain give advicecenter_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The victim, Ahmet Koca, told Hurriyet newspaper in an interview published Thursday that he was beaten after a right of way dispute with a police vehicle while rushing a pregnant relative to hospital.The beating was secretly recorded by a witness who has remained anonymous.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more

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first_img by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Sep 21, 2018 11:46 am PDT Last Updated Sep 21, 2018 at 3:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Jane Fonda, her life and men star in a revealing documentary In this July 25, 2018 photo, actress Jane Fonda, background, and Susan Lacy, director of the HBO documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts,” pose together at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. The documentary premieres on Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) center_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – As beguiling and powerful as Jane Fonda is onscreen, she’s yet to play a role that’s a match for her whiplash-inducing life of artistry, celebrity and polarizing activism. Then there’s the personal drama, including serial marriages to three very different husbands with their own claims to fame.When the 80-year-old Fonda decided to participate in a documentary about her — “Why not? I don’t know how much longer I’m gonna live” — it was with award-winning filmmaker Susan Lacy, who made an intriguing choice: using the men in Fonda’s life as the organizing principle for “Jane Fonda in Five Acts.”The film, debuting 8-10:15 p.m. Monday EDT on HBO, devotes its first chapter to Fonda’s fraught bond with her emotionally reserved dad, the acclaimed actor Henry Fonda. It was at the end of his life that she managed to draw him closer: They starred opposite each other as an estranged father and daughter in the film “On Golden Pond.”The 1982 Academy Award ceremony at which Henry Fonda won his only Oscar is what Jane Fonda readily points to when asked to name a Hollywood career highlight. Her father died four months later.“The fact that it was with this movie, and he asked me to receive it (the award) if he won,” Fonda said in an interview, her steady, blue-eyed gaze reminiscent of her father. “It’s rare that a child gets a chance to do something like this for a parent with whom they have had such a complicated relationship.”(Co-star Katharine Hepburn won her fourth Oscar and showed her competitive streak. “You’ll never catch me now,” she crowed to Jane Fonda, a two-time winner for “Klute” and “Coming Home.”)“Five Acts” then moves on to the husbands: French film director Roger Vadim (of the “Barbarella” sex-kitten years), activist Tom Hayden (a match for her growing political fervour) and media mogul Ted Turner (so magnetic that she tried semi-retirement, until she didn’t.)She recalls the thrill of sexual “electricity” with all three partners, but felt compelled only by pregnancy to marry Vadim (they had a daughter, Vanessa) and Hayden (a son, Troy). She wed Turner in 1991, she said, because he insisted living together was setting a bad example for his grown children.“But I think it’s really because he’s insecure. I mean, men want to get married,” Fonda said. “I had two important relationships subsequent to Ted, they wanted to get married. They were obsessed with it, because it’s possession.”Asked about future relationships minus marriage, Fonda has a concise answer: “I’ve closed up shop.”“Never say never,” parried a smiling Lacy, who was the creator and longtime executive producer of PBS’ “American Masters,” home to profiles of greats including Maya Angelou and Billie Jean King.The film’s last act belongs to Fonda alone, unbound by marriage and focused on passions including voting rights and other political causes as well as work (which includes Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie” and a planned remake of the 1980 hit film “9 to 5.”)Lacy’s approach struck some in her circle, especially younger women, as anti-feminist, said the filmmaker. She defends it as reflecting Fonda’s 2005 autobiography, “My Life So Far,” and Fonda concurs.“Before I started writing my memoir, I knew that what I was writing was a gender journey. It was a journey defined by my gender. And so it was important for me to explain why that was true,” she said.Fonda’s voice is strong throughout the film, which draws on 20-plus hours of interviews in which she addresses moments as intimate as the childhood loss of her mother to suicide and an eating disorder. Friends and colleagues including Robert Redford and Lily Tomlin are heard from, along with Turner, the late Hayden and Fonda’s children.While there was no epiphany for her in watching the film, which she co-operated with but didn’t control, it was rewarding, Fonda said.“It just brought home very vividly to me what a full, rich life I’ve had, and varied. I mean, there’s been a lot of change and a lot of controversy and a lot of survival,” she said.Her accomplishments, including a fitness empire that made her a 1980s video star, were irrelevant to critics of her protests against the Vietnam War — especially after Fonda was photographed perched on an anti-aircraft gun during a controversial 1972 wartime visit to North Vietnam. She recently said that moment sent a “horrible” message to soldiers and their families.“I’m proud of most of what I did, but very sorry for some of what I did,” she says in the film, referring to that period.Her involvement resulted from a chance wartime meeting with U.S. soldiers in Paris, one that shook her belief that America always fought on “the side of the angels,” Fonda said. But discovering her calling as an activist also was a profound personal moment.“I had a child, I was in a marriage. But I felt lost and empty. And when these soldiers opened my mind … I was like dry brush and they were this match and, whoosh,” she said.___Lynn Elber can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber.last_img read more

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