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USCIS Releases New Data Showing H-4 Visa Holders With Work Authorization Are Overwhelmingly Women from India

first_imgU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released new data May 11 confirming anecdotal evidence that H-4 visa holders with work authorization are overwhelmingly women from India.The data was released in response to a congressional query and reports numbers from when H-4 EAD was first implemented in 2015 – by the Obama administration – to the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, which began Oct. 1, 2017 and ended Dec. 25, 2017. In total, almost 85,000 women and 6,000 men currently have H-4 EAD. More than 33,000 women and 2,000 men have successfully applied for extensions.Read it at India West Related Itemslast_img read more

December 2, 2019 0

Chot: Gilas needs to get better for game down under

first_imgChot Reyes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter Gilas Pilipinas got away with wins that looked far from pretty, coach Chot Reyes knows it highlighted how much work the team needs in the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifying series.The national team gets another three months to get it all done—whether it’s adjusting to the tournament’s new home-and-away format or making sure that naturalized player Andray Blatche stays fit for action.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) chair emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan noted that Gilas’ three-week training, clearly, wasn’t enough.“If we are going to get serious against Australia, we have got to give enough time for the team to jell,” said Pangilinan.Part of that preparation should be getting Blatche on board early, said Reyes, as the 31-year-old got criticized for his sluggish showing.“The key is to get him to practice more than five days,” said Reyes, after Blatche flew in late due to commitments in China. “We can’t teach everything in five days. Or you might be able to teach everything, but to actually practice it, run it, make it instinct, you can’t get that in five days.”Blatche had a measly six points on a 2-of-9 shooting plus six turnovers against Taipei, but had 14 rebounds and five blocks. Reyes got a big boost, however, from June Mar Fajardo’s 17 points off the bench on top of eight rebounds, two assists and a couple of blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jarata replicates Palawan tennis 3-peat Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES “It’s simply a matter of them (players) getting used to it mentally and physically,” said Reyes.Gilas struggled pulling off victories over Japan ( 77-71) last Friday in Tokyo and Chinese Taipei (90-83) Monday night in Manila in the first window of Group B action.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSo despite the 2-0 start, Reyes expects things to get harder when the Philippines takes on powerhouse Australia in the second window on Feb. 22, 2018 in Adelaide.“It’s going to be three months so there won’t be any kind of momentum that’s going to be built,” said Reyes. “But it armed us a lot of knowledge about ourselves. Hopefully, things to work on and learn.” Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

November 30, 2019 0

The Last Leg

first_imgAfter spending nearly four decades in government, Pranab Mukherjee says he’s had enough.The last thing Pranab Mukherjee does every night is to write down the day’s events in a diary that has become the first draft of narrative history. The cherubic Mukherjee calls it “history from a personal angle”. The,After spending nearly four decades in government, Pranab Mukherjee says he’s had enough.The last thing Pranab Mukherjee does every night is to write down the day’s events in a diary that has become the first draft of narrative history. The cherubic Mukherjee calls it “history from a personal angle”. The claim is justified, because Mukherjee is the one personality who has initiated or supervised the course of crucial events since the era of Indira Gandhi. After working with four Congress PMs, he has taken a decision. He will not serve a fifth, Rahul Gandhi.There are no secrets in Delhi. Rahul has been officially nominated the heir by Manmohan Singh, who is ready to step down at five minutes’ notice, if and when it comes. Equally obviously, Mukherjee feels he has been denied the dream job of being the prime minister twice, in 1984 after Indira’s assassination and in 2004, when Manmohan was chosen by Sonia Gandhi. She did not trust Mukherjee and later denied him even the consolation prize of the President of India. He is indispensable in every role, except that of the prime minister.Speaking exclusively to INDIA TODAY, when asked whether he would join Rahul’s cabinet, Mukherjee exclaimed, “My goodness, what would be my age? I am already 75. There is a limit beyond which you cannot go.” He then added significantly, “Rather, I have overstayed my wicket.” Why would the only Cabinet minister today who can trace his lineage back to Indira’s Cabinet (Ghulam Nabi Azad made it only to minister of state in 1982) opt out of her grandson’s Government? When Indira became prime minister in 1966, Morarji Desai, who had lost out, joined her Cabinet. Arjun Singh felt aggrieved when P.V. Narasimha Rao became prime minister, but took the ministerial oath.advertisementIn a party of yes-men, Mukherjee is the first to say no.Mukherjee feels he has been denied the dream job of being the prime minister twice. Sonia denied him the consolation prize of President of India as well. He is indispensable in every role, except as PM. He was not included in the Rajiv Gandhi government after the December 1984 elections though he remained finance minister until then. He had been punished, according to Congress folklore, for daring to suggest that as senior minister, he should be the prime minister in the transitory government. The shock persuaded Mukherjee to float his own party which flopped. He was taken back only in 1989. But Mukherjee claims there is no ill-will with the Gandhis. He says, “There is no trust deficit and no deficit of acceptability” with Sonia. As for Rajiv, he quotes a 1991 interview that the late prime minister gave INDIA TODAY, where he had said, “Many things said about Pranab, I found were not true.” Mukherjee perhaps feels he has outlived his utility under Sonia’s dispensation. Or maybe he is just fed up of playing the best man to successive Congress prime ministers.The astute Mukherjee knows it’s better to walk off the stage than to be reduced to a political farce called Arjun Singh. The average age of the current cabinet is 66 years with the earnest Dayanidhi Maran as the youngest at 43. Of the 27 Congress Cabinet ministers (including the prime minister), 10 are in their 70s. It is unlikely that Rahul, with youth as his calling card, would opt for this ’70s show. He would not have a 74-year-old sports minister and a 78-year-old foreign minister. It would be interesting to see who would play Mukherjee in the Rahul era-the enigmatic Digvijaya Singh or the pragmatic P. Chidambaram.As ever, he puts it best: “I am comfortable at the height where destiny has put me.” At 5 ft 3 inches, he is not the shortest man in the Cabinet. Politically, he is the tallest. But though Sonia respects his vision, she simply does not trust his ambition. She used a lame excuse, that he was “too important” to be spared from the Government and then offered Mukherjee a Padma Vibhushan as a corny compensation. “I personally believe that the office of the President of India is not to be sought. It is to be offered,” says Mukherjee. It is an office that is once again coming up for offer in 2012. But Mukherjee is not issuing any RSVPs. The powers who did not even make him a deputy prime minister for a fortnight when Manmohan had his heart bypass in January 2009 are hardly likely to oblige. Yet Mukherjee says he is a “satisfied man”.This article appeared in the India Today magazine dated October 25, 2010. Subscribe to the print copy or read it on Zinio.advertisementHe does get to play prime minister for brief spells, when Manmohan is out of town but there is too much uncertainty between de facto and de jure. He does all the heavy lifting, whether it is to push the Nuclear Liability Bill through or shepherding the Women’s Reservation Bill. He heads 12 EGoMs and another dozen GoMs on topics as diverse as food security to caste census. Manmohan even postponed a Cabinet meet once as Mukherjee was delayed by the visiting Sheikh Hasina Wazed, the Bangladesh prime minister.The challenge for Rahul’s Cabinet will be the governance gap, and the experience spine that keeps an administration stable. Mukherjee would have been the perfect tutor.As finance minister, he doesn’t just do the country’s arithmetic, but also solves UPA’s algebra-soothing egos and sometimes losing his temper as he did with the temperamental Mamata Banerjee when she came up with a last-minute list of 24 projects to be announced in the Railway Budget. The girlish Banerjee complained that even her parents had not scolded her as much. Another ally, A. Raja was unceremoniously asked to leave an EGoM meet on fuel prices as he was not a member. Raja had accompanied M.K. Azhagiri as an interpreter. Mukherjee said, “If Azhagiri needs an interpreter for English, we’ll provide him one.” At another meeting, Maran was summarily ticked off when he wanted to know if the figure 13,420 next to the ministry of communications was an allocation in crores to his party rival. “No,” said an exasperated Mukherjee, “that is the number of post offices in the country.” He has the stature to snub.It’s not just the nuts and bolts, sometimes he puts the entire paradigm in perspective. During the 2009 debate in parliament after the prime minister’s Sharm el-Sheikh faux pas, Manmohan found, to his horror, that a reluctant Congress had lined up a lightweight team of speakers for his defence. He asked Mukherjee to speak at the last minute and lend gravitas to his case. The nitty gritty of US President Barack Obama’s visit was sorted out by Mukherjee during his recent visit to Washington and not the external affairs minister. Recently, the indefatigable Mukherjee landed in New Delhi after a 16-hour trip and went straight to a core committee meeting at the prime minister’s residence to discuss the Karnataka crisis.However, there is one break that he allows himself-a visit to his native village, Kirnahar in West Bengal during the Pujas where he recites the shlokas of the Chandi Paath himself. He joked with Sonia and Manmohan, “Please put all crises on hold till the Pujas are over!” With his perennially red cheeks and mischievous smile, Mukherjee is the Obi-Wan Kenobi of the coalition Star Wars. Yet his name is deliberately kept out of the credit ratings.He got the finance ministry because he wanted it, not because the leadership wanted him there. There was no way the Congress president could deny him this tryst with his own legacy. As it transpires, the job was an excellent political fit. The man who steered Indira’s social spend in the ’80s was a perfect link to reinforce the party’s relationship with the aam aadmi. Mukherjee’s legacy will be fortuitous for any prime minister. Recently, he was judged the Best Finance Minister for Asia by Emerging Markets, a part of Euromoney Institutional Investor. It’s a qualified pat on the back for a man who was judged the best finance minister in the world by Euromoney in 1984. The man, who has spent 37 years in government, jokes that he can never be the prime minister of this country as he is not fluent in Hindi. Mukherjee remembers every little trivia and keeps the memorabilia. He gave up smoking in 1993 but still has the three pipes Indira got him.advertisementThe challenge for the Rahul Cabinet is not getting the job. That, in Congress culture, is a given fact. The problem is the governance gap, and the experience spine that keeps an administration stable until the (comparative) youngsters have been honed into position. Manmohan is already talking about lowering the average age of his Council of Ministers to taper it to Rahul’s demographics. A prime minister has to understand political nuances as much as governance. This had been Rajiv’s undoing. He did not quite get the political culture of even the Congress, and repeatedly stubbed his toe until gangrene set in. Sonia was an eye-witness to this phenomenon.Mukherjee’s departure will bring to a close the Indira era. Coincidentally the next set of “seniors” will be Rajiv Gandhi’s contemporaries. Can the likes of Chidambaram, Digvijaya, Azad and Kamal Nath replace the wisdom and political savvy of a Pranab Mukherjee, Hansraj Bhardwaj or an Arjun Singh? They were men who knew how to fix the plumbing simply because they were around when most of the pipes were laid. There is an irony here as well. Rahul has opted for his grandmother’s brand of socialist politics, instead of his father’s liberal economics. But to help him do this, he has to depend on his father’s team. So far, the young prime minister-in-waiting has steered clear of the halls of governance, except when he goes visiting to plead for an extension for MNREGA. That is not gathering experience but collecting photo-ops. Government is not a studio, and pictures are not policy.Pranab Mukherjee would have been the perfect tutor in the transition phase. But the perennial Bengali Master has had enough of school.This article appeared in the India Today magazine dated October 25, 2010. Subscribe to the print copy or read it on Zinio.last_img read more

November 28, 2019 0

Italian Football Club Sacks Coach For Calling Climate Activist Greta Thunberg a ‘W****’

first_imgA football club in Italy has sacked its youth coach after he said 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg was a “whore” and the “right age to take a pounding”. The teenage activist from Sweden has become a global leader in the fight against climate change, but she has faced a lot of abuse from climate change deniers and right-wingers in the last couple of weeks after her ground-breaking speech at the United Nations. Her actions, which have sparked a worldwide movement, provoked a vile reaction from Serie D club Grosseto’s youth coach Tommaso Casalini, who targeted her on Facebook with obscenities. “This w****! A 16-year-old can take a pounding, she’s at the right age,” he wrote on Facebook.Soon after, the club announced that they had dismissed the trainer for “not acting in line with the club, who focus on moral values even more than technical values.”Casalini later issued an apology for his remarks. “I’d like to publicly apologise to everyone, starting with Greta Thunberg, for the post I wrote on Facebook last week. It was an outburst written in a moment of anger against the young Swedish activist with absolutely the wrong language and content I regret,” he said. He said when one makes a mistake, they should take responsibility for it. “I never thought or could never have really thought about certain things, especially a minor. Therefore, I willingly accept Grosseto’s decision to remove me from my role as assistant Coach of the Giovanissimi A, and I apologise to the club for the obvious embarrassment caused by my gesture.”Thunberg had last month spoken in front of the US Congress and at the United Nations climate summit, held in New York, after which she became the object of international scrutiny and attention from a range of critics, including US President Donald Trump, who have made dark and unhinged attacks on her. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. greta thunberggreta thunberg attacksgreta thunberg climate changegreta thunberg speech First Published: October 1, 2019, 11:44 AM ISTlast_img read more

November 26, 2019 0

Ligue 1: Kylian Mbappe Back With a Bang as PSG Get Ready for Grudge Match

first_imgParis: An impatient Kylian Mbappe is set to make his first start for Paris Saint-Germain in two months this weekend after a blistering return to form off the bench in the Champions League.The French champions host Marseille at the Parc des Princes on Sunday night in what is no longer much of a rivalry on the field but remains one of the great grudge matches in European football. How Marseille would love to claim a first win over their bitter foes in almost a decade, but they will not look forward to the prospect of facing a fit-again Mbappe.The 20-year-old World Cup winner came on as a substitute and scored a rapid blistering hat-trick in PSG’s 5-0 demolition of Club Brugge in Belgium on Tuesday.He doubled his goals tally for the season in the process and showed why he felt he deserved to start for the first time since pulling up with a hamstring injury in a game against Toulouse in late August.”I wanted to start. The coach made his decision and you have to accept it,” Mbappe said.”I just wanted to come on and show that it is difficult to leave me out of the side.”Tuchel insisted he did not choose Mbappe in his starting line-up because he was protecting his star forward, who was this week named among the 30 nominees for this year’s Ballon d’Or — unlike his perennially injured teammate Neymar.”I always want to play with him in the team. He knows it,” said Tuchel.”But he could only play for as long as we gave him.”The only doubt surrounds who will play alongside Mbappe in the PSG attack, although it certainly won’t be Neymar — he is out until mid-November.Angel Di Maria will be there after setting up four of his team’s five goals in midweek, while Mauro Icardi could again be preferred to Edinson Cavani after notching five goals in four games.’Le Classique’ took top billing in France in the 1990s when pay TV giant Canal Plus bought PSG and turned them into a competitor to the era’s dominant Marseille whose stars included Chris Waddle and Jean-Pierre Papin.That helped boost viewing figures in a league which Canal Plus broadcast. These days Ligue 1 is utterly dominated by the now Qatar-owned club from the capital.Marseille, along with everyone else, trail in their wake.PSG ended last weekend five points clear at the top of the table and eight points better off than Marseille, with Andre Villas-Boas’s team lying fourth.ONE TO WATCH: DIMITRI PAYETIf Marseille are to spring a major surprise and record a rare win in Paris, then they will need Dimitri Payet to be on his game.The 32-year-old should certainly be fresh — he has been out for a month while serving a four-match suspension but makes a timely return, although Villas-Boas has played down his team’s prospects, saying Paris belong “in a different league”.”That is my opinion, given how much they have invested in recent years. The ‘Clasico’ is a thing of the past.”KEY STATS:8 – The number of years since Marseille last beat PSG. They won 3-0 at the Velodrome in November 2011.19 – PSG are unbeaten in 19 meetings with Marseille since then, winning 16 and drawing three.13 – The number of goals scored by Monaco’s prolific strike pairing of Wissam Ben Yedder (8) and Islam Slimani (5) this season. They face second-placed Nantes on Friday. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Kylian MbappeLigue 1MarseilleParis Saint-Germain First Published: October 25, 2019, 10:48 AM ISTlast_img read more

November 26, 2019 0

Middle muddle for India needs to be sorted

first_imgAs stand-in captain, Rohit Sharma has plenty of reasons to feel happy. Under his leadership, India’s winning record in ODIs is healthy, though it does not mean he is going to get the job on a permanent basis soon.The Asia Cup was all about desert duels becoming interesting in the United Arab Emirates, with India playing all their matches in Dubai. The final against an inspired Bangladesh was close, making it money’s worth for fans who were present inside the arena and those who watched it live on television.After the disaster in England, where India lost the Test series in an insipid manner, this win in the Asia Cup has helped some fans overcome trauma. However, that does not mean lessons from England should be forgotten and there are still plenty of points to ponder for the demanding tour of Australia later in the year.Matches played in the Asia Cup have also provided pointers where India need to focus on in the ODIs. With Virat Kohli, who bats at No.3, missing this series, the middle order looked even more suspect. When the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna winner is batting, he makes chasing totals look so easy.Also read – Former India cricketers happy with Asia Cup triumph but…Yet, the crucial positions in the middle – No.4, 5, and 6 – are ones which need attention in the ODIs. With the ICC World Cup to be held in England next summer, India must try out players who can fill these slots.advertisementLooking at the performance of some of the batsmen like Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya, it would be advisable for the think-tank in Indian cricket to look at other faces.Initially, Pandey promised a lot but has been unable to live up to it. Karthik, after his exploits in the Indian Premier League (T20 format), certainly does not look capable of winning India ODIs. Hardik Pandya, billed as the next all-rounder in Kapil Dev mould, still has a long way to go. Jadhav did do his part against Bangladesh in the final but his fitness remains suspect.Also read – Harbhajan Singh lauds India’s well deserved Asia Cup 2018 triumphOne man who gets pilloried and yet remains essential to the Indian team in the shorter formats is Mahendra Singh Dhoni. You can criticise him for not batting as aggressively as before but he is still chipping in so coolly.As a motivator and team person to the core, Dhoni is still a big plus for the Indian team. Be it Kohli as captain or Rohit, Dhoni stays in the background and has plenty of gyaan to give them. This has been seen on television vis a vis field placing and also acknowledged by the two captains.Dhoni’s six-hitting may have receded but as a fast runner between wickets and one who values his own wicket, his runs are still crucial to the Indian team. There is no way this man can be touched till the next World Cup.Talk of his work as wicket-keeper, Dhoni is still the best bet. He has crossed the 800-mark in list of dismissals in international cricket, which is a record worth boasting. To think of a replacement for him before next year would be an academic exercise.Also read – Ravindra Jadeja should not have been dropped: Mohammad AzharuddinLooking back, conditions in Dubai were quite different compared to other ODI centres. Scores here were not in the 300 plus region. Even around 250 in an innings was fairly competitive with India’s bowlers again doing their job well.Preparing wickets in the UAE is not easy. There is high water salinity and in high heat and humidity, to prepare these kinds of tracks was on expected lines. If the Indian middle order struggled in such conditions, batting in England will be much more different.One doesn’t need experts to tell us India needs to look at other options for the middle order. Rishabh Pant, who scored a Test hundred in England, should be tried out. As a left-hander, he will bring variety to the batting line-up and has the ability to score big.Also read – Asia Cup: A team like this always makes the captain look good, says Rohit SharmaSomeone like Ajinkya Rahane also needs to be looked at as an option, because there are hardly any other names. KL Rahul may also be one more option to try out in ODIs ahead as the process of building the core team for the World Cup has to begin soon.advertisementThe middle order worries are serious and minus a quality all-rounder, the pressure is showing. Not long ago, Rahane was considered good enough for ODIs as well but to typify him as a dour bat and good for only Test cricket is wrong.One cannot forget the role played by Ravindra Jadeja in the Asia Cup. Virtually pulled out from the deep freezer, his bowling was effective. As batsman, he can be pretty effective. At least, one can now say that after watching the middle order struggle.last_img read more

November 17, 2019 0

Will cooperate with agencies till my name is cleared Vadra

first_imgNew Delhi: Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, on Thursday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate regarding a case of money laundering and said he will cooperate with investigative agencies until he is declared innocent. Before appearing at the ED office in central Delhi, Vadra wrote on his Facebook: “I have always maintained faith in the judiciary system of the country. I have always followed the summons and notices sent to me by the government offices. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist “Till date I have appeared before the ED and cooperated with them for 11 times and have been questioned for over 70 hours. In future also I shall keep on cooperating them till the time my name is cleared from the false allegations,” he said. He attached a picture of himself with that of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nahru, who is the great grandfather of his wife Priyanka Gandhi. Vadra arrived at the ED office in the morning and went inside directly without speaking to the media persons. His wife Priyanka Gandhi accompanied him to the office. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Vadra had appeared before the ED in February for the first time along with his wife. Vadra was issued fresh summons by the agency after claiming they had got new evidence in the money laundering case. The case relates to the ownership of 1.9 million pounds of overseas assets and undisclosed entities set up to evade tax. Earlier, the ED had confronted Vadra with the emails he exchanged with the relative of arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari and Sumit Chadha. The ED has also asked for the details of the bank accounts and transaction reports of Vadra. The agency has also collected the details of his properties in India and abroad.last_img read more

October 20, 2019 0

Yoga yet to fully reach poor tribal people Modi

first_imgRanchi: Urging people to make yoga an integral part of their lives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that it hadn’t reached the poor people and tribal belts of the country as much as it should have. He also gave the motto “yoga for peace, harmony and progress”. Modi performed yoga, along with around 30,000 people, at Prabhat Tara grounds here on the occasion of the fifth International Yoga Day. Addressing the participants, Modi said: “Modern yoga has not reached the poor and tribal people. We have to make yoga an integral part of their lives. Poor people suffer more from diseases and it makes them poorer… Yoga is a medium to come out from poverty.” Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France He said in the changing world, “we have to take preventive measures for illness and focus on wellness”. “Yoga is discipline. Yoga is beyond age, rich, poor, caste, religion, region and boundaries. ‘yoga sabka hai aur sab yoga ke hain’ (yoga is of everyone, everyone is of yoga),” he said. In the last five years, Modi said, yoga has been linked with preventive healthcare measures by the government. He insisted on adopting yoga for heart care. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize Modi gave four ‘P mantras’ for healthy lives — pani (Drinking water), poshan (nutrition), paryawaran (environment) and parishram (hard work). “I urge you all to embarrass yoga and make it an integral part of your lives. Yoga is ancient and modern. It is constant and evolving. For centuries, the essence of Yoga has been the same – healthy body, stable mind, spirit of oneness. Yoga will make every individual better in thoughts, action and sprit,” Modi said. “Yoga has always been associated with peace and harmony. On the fifth International Yoga day, let our moto be — yoga for peace, harmony and progress.” Modi also stressed on the need for research in yoga so that the world could be updated about benefits of Yoga. The 45-minute session was conducted by M. Baswa Reddy, director of the New Delhi-based Morarji Desai National Yoga Institute. After the session was over, the Prime Minister spent time with the participants, where children and youth even clicked selfies and shook hands with Modi. Modi was accompanied by Jharkhand Governor Draupdi Murmu, Chief Minister Raghubar Das, Ayush Minister Sripad Naik, state Health Minister Ramchandra Kesari, along with other senior government officials.last_img read more

October 20, 2019 0

Karnataka crisis SC reserves order on rebel MLAs plea verdict tomorrow

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court has reserved its order for July 17 on the plea moved by Karnataka rebel MLAs. The verdict will be pronounced at 10.30 tomorrow. Meanwhile,Speaker K R Ramesh – at the centre of the political crisis – also sought time till tomorrow to decide on the disqualification and resignation of the rebel MLAs. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi is first dealing with the pleas of 10 lawmakers against the Karnataka Speaker for not accepting their resignations. It also heard arguments of five more lawmakers who alleged that they “are being forced to support the government on the threat of disqualification”. The Chief Minister’s counsel told the court that the dissident “MLAs were hunting in pack to destabilise the government.” The ten rebel Karnataka MLAs told the apex court that the Speaker was coercing them to vote for the Kumaraswamy government by not accepting their resignations. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

October 20, 2019 0

Statistics show illegal northern border crossings climbing

first_imgMONTPELIER, Vt. — New statistics from U.S. Customs and Border Protection show the number of people apprehended along the U.S. border with Canada is continuing to climb.Statistics show 4,316 people were apprehended along the border last year, up from 3,027 in 2017 and 2,283 in 2016.Of the 2018 total, 963 people, or about 22 per cent, were apprehended after illegally crossing the border from Canada. Others were apprehended by border agents inside the United States without authorities knowing how the individuals entered the country.The Border Patrol sector that includes much of upstate New York, Vermont and New Hampshire accounted for more than half of the people who entered illegally from Canada.The northern border numbers are tiny compared to the southern border where just under 400,000 individuals were apprehended last year.Wilson Ring, The Associated Presslast_img read more

October 17, 2019 0

Arlene Phillips Steps Out Against Foie Gras

first_imgTV presenter and choreographer Arlene Phillips, who was awarded a CBE by Her Majesty The Queen at a ceremony earlier this year, has called today on His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to strip Fortnum & Mason of its Royal Warrants for continuing to sell foie gras – a product that is illegal to produce in the UK.“Holding Royal Warrants should be an immense privilege bestowed only on establishments with extremely high standards”, writes the former Strictly Come Dancing judge. “In light of Fortnum & Mason’s cavalier attitude towards animal welfare and for continuing to promote a product that is illegal to produce in Britain, may I respectfully request that you consider revoking the Royal Warrants until it ends its sale of foie gras?”Philips’ judgment comes after PETA showed her undercover video footage, narrated by acting legend Sir Roger Moore, which exposed terrible abuse on foie gras farms supplying Fortnum & Mason – including at the abattoir, where birds had knives plunged into their throats without prior pre-stunning, in contravention of both UK and French law.During foie gras production, huge amounts of grain are pumped into the stomachs of geese through metal pipes, which are rammed down their throats several times a day. Their distended livers – which can swell to up to 10 times their normal size – press against their lungs, causing them to pant constantly. Veterinarians and avian experts agree – there is no humane way to produce foie gras. Animal protection groups – including the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Compassion in World Farming, Animal Defenders International, Animal Aid, Viva!, Four Paws, One Kind, Save Me and the International Veterinary Society – have all joined PETA in calling for Fortnum & Mason to stop selling foie gras.last_img read more

October 16, 2019 0

Yemen UNbrokered peace talks continue in parallel meetings

According to the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, the political committee discussed aspects of the resumption of State institutions and political process. The parties discussed the need to provide an enabling political environment.In the security committee, the parties began to present their visions on withdrawals and the handover of weapons, specifically mechanisms of withdrawal and assembling of forces.The prisoners and detainees committee considered a proposal to release 50 per cent of all prisoners and detainees held by the parties before the Holy month of Ramadan. The discussion included a review of the necessary implementation mechanisms and selection criteria of initial releases. The delegates agreed to develop proposals for upcoming meetings.The delegations reaffirmed that their discussions will be guided by the three reference points; the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative and Implementation Mechanism, the National Dialogue Outcomes and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions. They renewed their commitment to dialogue as the only means to put an end to the war and return to peaceful and orderly transition.“I am pleased by the seriousness demonstrated by both parties,” the Special Envoy said, urging the media to avoid disseminating rumours that disrupt the peace process. “We are hopeful that this collaboration will lead to real peace and I call upon everyone to support Yemen during this critical phase.”The three committees will reconvene tomorrow morning.Meanwhile in New York, Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, said that while conflict continued in some parts of Yemen, the cessation of hostilities was largely holding in the past month.This provided some opportunities for humanitarian partners to expand responses in certain areas, conduct assessments or directly monitor activities that up to that point had been monitored remotely, Mr. Dujarric said.In Sa’ada Governorate, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was able to re-start the rehabilitation of a water facility in Kitaf district, serving some 10,000 people, which had been damaged by airstrikes. The cessation also coincided with an ongoing food distribution to about 270,000 people in the area.Emergency clean water was trucked to Taiz Governorate, benefitting over 45,000 people, and three mobile health and nutrition teams were deployed in Taiz City, where partners delivered medical supplies for over 130,000 people, the spokesman said.From 12-15 May, the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will conduct a joint mission to Sana’a, to gauge the current humanitarian situation and the operational response. read more

October 2, 2019 0

Blue Monday 2017 could be bluest ever says expert behind equation

first_imgThe nation is also concerned about a Donald Trump presidency, with national happiness levels slumping to a six year low on his election dayCredit:MIKE SEGAR Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dr Arnall said people could cheer themselves up by focussing on things they could change.“The easiest way to be happy is spending more time with people who love you and like you as you are,” he said.“Use Blue Monday as a springboard for change, whether it is to lose weight, stop smoking, embark on a dream or change job. Make the most of your life and live it to the full.” The death of Carrie Fisher at Christmas has made people confront their own mortality, according to Dr Cliff Arnall The nation is also concerned about a Donald Trump presidency, with national happiness levels slumping to a six year low on his election day The happiest day over the full period of the Mappiness study to date was Christmas Day 2010, when happiness peaked at 75.7 per cent, followed by Christmas Day 2011 at 74.2 per cent.The team has now created a new app called me@life, to give people greater insight into what makes them happy or sad, and in particular, why people are unhappy at work.Users will be able to monitor their emotional and behavioural patterns over time while also contributing to research to find out what exactly it is about working that makes people so miserable.  Dr Arnall, 51, from Brecon, Wales, who now runs happiness and confidence sessions for organisations including the Department for Work and Pensions and the NHS, said: “Seasonal depression factors are coming together on Blue Monday – and additional concerns make 2017’s Blue Monday even more depressing than other years. Carrie Fisher in Star Wars  Blue Monday could be most depressing ever because of celebrity deaths, anxiety over Brexit, and fears about a Donald Trump presidency in the US, the expert who coined the phrase has warned.In 2005 Dr Cliff Arnall, formerly of Cardiff University, came up with a light-hearted formula for predicting the gloomiest day of the year based on factors including weather, debts, time since Christmas and motivation. His equation suggested that the third Monday in January – this year on Jan 16 – was when unhappiness peaked as Christmas bills roll in and the post-holiday buzz wears off.But Dr Arnall said that this year could be even more depressing than usual because of Trump and Brexit anxiety, and sadness following the recent deaths of childhood heroes such as George Michael and Carrie Fisher which reminded people of their own mortality. On election day, overall happiness fell to around 55 points, the lowest ever recorded since the app began, and lower than any other Blue Mondays.”We used the Mappiness database to calculate the mean happiness levels of our users every day since August 2010,” said Dr Mackerron.“In almost six and a half years, there has been no day more miserable than Wednesday 9 Nov, the day the US election was called for Donald Trump.” “Credit card bills are a big problem after Christmas, snow, ice and floods are causing worries, and many feel a lack of motivation.“Other extra factors this year are Trump and Brexit causing uncertainty and increasing people’s fears.“The deaths of so many celebrities, many in their 50s and 60s, has also worried people by reminding them of their own mortality.” However The University of Sussex said that national happiness is unlikely to plummet to the level seen on November 9 last year when Trump was elected president of the US.Dr George Mackerron and his team has spent the last six years monitoring Britain’s mood using an app called Mappiness, which asks people to record how they feel on a daily basis, out of 100. So far 65,000 people have made 3.5 million entries.last_img read more

September 25, 2019 0

Deutsche Bank to create 700 new jobs in Dublin

first_imgUpdated 21:58DEUTSCHE BANK IS to create 700 new jobs in Dublin over the next three years, it announced earlier today. The company has taken a 100,000-square-foot office space at Eastpoint Business Park, where it will develop a regional hub and centre of excellence.Hiring for the 700 positions will begin early next year and all jobs are expected to be filled within three years.The bank currently employs 300 people across its two Dublin offices so the recruitment drive will boost staff numbers in Ireland to 1,000.The project is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.The announcement is a “huge vote of confidence in the sector and in Ireland’s economy”, said Minister Richard Bruton.It is also “great news” for people looking for jobs in the international financial services industry, he added.“I commend IDA on their tireless work on this project, and I wish Deutsche Bank every success with this operation.”The bank said it is focused on “recruiting the best talent”, noting that it already has relationships with local universities which can be nurtured.First published 12.40pmGood news: Ryanair announces 300 new jobsNestlé to create 95 jobs and paid work experience placements in Irelandlast_img read more

September 22, 2019 0

Windows in rented accommodation are not inspected for safety

first_imgTHERE WERE OVER 19,600 inspections of private rented accommodation last year, as the Private Residential Tenancies Board pushes the Department of Environment for more stringent regulation of safety in the buildings.The Department of Environment confirmed to that both PRTB and Dublin City Coroner Dr Brian Farrell over the standard of windows in rented accommodation.Six children have died in falls from windows in rented accommodation in the last six years and Dr Farrell wants the Department to make safety catches compulsory.The Department confirmed that although there were 19,616 inspections carried out on rented accommodation by local authorities last year, none checked the safety of windows.“Inspections of private rented properties to check compliance with the Standards for Rented Houses Regulations do not include checks on window catches because these are not currently included in the scope of these regulations.”The Department added that, while landlords who don’t have safe, bright windows will be fined, there are no set regulations for windows.Read: “Our citizens were failed”: President welcomes Priory Hall residents to ÁrasRead: Government announces €10 million for pyrite repairslast_img read more

September 22, 2019 0

Explainer Heres what scrapping seasonal clock changes will mean

first_img By Michelle Hennessy Image: Sam Boal/ Mar 9th 2019, 8:30 PM Short URL 85 Comments Click here if you have trouble viewing this imageBasically, if we choose summer time, we will have brighter evenings all year round but in winter our mornings will be darker that our current winter mornings. This is a consideration in particular for children who would be going to school in the dark on winter mornings and also commuters. But there are benefits for those working in the agricultural sector as there is an extra daylight hour for outdoor activities. If we choose winter time we will have brighter mornings that we do now for work and school commutes but our summer evenings will not have as much of a ‘grand stretch’. What are we likely to do here?Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, who has responsibility any seasonal time changes has not given an indication of which option he would prefer. His predecessor Frances Fitzgerald has in the past spoken of the fact that the European Parliament committee had highlighted the benefits of introducing summer time for  a longer portion of the year. At the end of last year the Department of Justice launched a public consultation on seasonal clock changes so Irish people can help the government decide whether we want to stay on summer or winter time.The department told that this consultation has now closed. It comprised a public survey which received over 16,000 responses as well as 71 submissions from individuals and stakeholders.An opinion poll of 1,000 people by Amárach Research was also commissioned.“A report on the consultation exercise is being prepared and will be considered by an interdepartmental steering group for submission to government,” a spokesperson said. Saturday 9 Mar 2019, 8:30 PMcenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT committee this week decided that season clock changes should be scrapped by 2021.Now all member states are being asked to decide whether they want to stay permanently on either winter or summer time.Since 2001, all members states have switched to summertime on the last Sunday of March and then back to winter time on the last Sunday of October.A consultation by the Commission last year found that over 80% of people favoured abolishing the twice yearly season clock changes. And a poll on behalf of and Claire Byrne Live/Amárach Research found 67% of Irish people believe we should stop the clock changing ritual. Pros and consThe way it works now, we get the benefit of brighter evenings in the summer and in the winter our mornings are not dark for as long as they otherwise would be. Here are the current arrangements:Click here if you have trouble viewing thisAnd here are how each of the options would look: Share54 Tweet Email4 61,663 Views Image: Sam Boal/ Explainer: Here’s what scrapping seasonal clock changes will mean It’s a choice now between brighter evenings or brighter mornings. last_img read more

September 21, 2019 0

Officials suspend search for missing elk hunter

first_imgThe Skamania County Sheriff’s Office suspended its search for a Vancouver elk hunter who went missing in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest earlier this month. Joel Presler, 37, was hunting in the Forlorn Lakes area of the forest and last spoke to his family on Nov. 11.On Saturday, with the help of the King County Sheriff’s Office, deputies flew over the areas they’ve been searching by foot and by snowmobile since Wednesday. Searchers were unable to detect any tracks or other clues that could’ve been associated with Presler.Snow near his Ford pickup, which was found Wednesday on Forest Road 6035, was nearly 3 feet deep on Saturday. Areas that people searched had even deeper snow.The agency’s search ended Saturday evening. However, Presler’s family and friends are planning ground search efforts today.Anyone who may be in the search area and comes across clues is asked to call 911 or 509-427-9490.last_img read more

September 19, 2019 0

Governors farewell message – OPptimism but a need to sharpen the public

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 6, 2016 – After three happy years in the beautiful country of Turks and Caicos Islands, Jill and I will be leaving with great sadness next week, on 10 October – and with great relief that the islands were, unlike others in the region, untouched by Hurricane Matthew.  It hardly seems possible that it was almost three years to the day that we were in the House of Assembly for a memorable swearing-in ceremony.We both count ourselves privileged to have lived in Turks and Caicos. Everyone, from Ministers and opposition leaders to resort owners and taxi drivers, have welcomed us warmly wherever we have gone, from shopping in Provo to walking in Middle Caicos.It is important to look forward not back, something which I intend to remind myself of as I begin to work outside the Foreign Office.  I am optimistic about TCI.   It’s economy is looking stronger than most in the region, and we have an international brand which is increasingly recognized from New York to London.It is vital that TCI’s leaders and population preserve its wonderful environment.  There is plenty of space for development, and what has happened in South Caicos, for example, in the past three years with a completely new runway under construction and new resorts is an extraordinary example of TCI’s economic strength.TCI’s success is based heavily on the fruits of private enterprise, and in the future, as one senior public servant said to me just last week, the civil service needs to continue to raise its game.  It’s good that motivation and training is being increasingly recognized, but there are still vulnerabilities, for example in delivery and customer service, where we need to get sharper.Similarly it is my hope, and that of Ministers in London, that whoever leads the country after the next election will retain and strengthen the open and corruption free government TCI has developed, and a rigorous and resilient economy.  Our painstakingly achieved reputation, demonstrated by the fantastic achievement of a Triple  B plus rating from one of the world’s largest rating agencies over the last two years, can be dashed quickly. A return to the high spending extravagances of an earlier era could be disastrous.Above all my optimism is based on seeing the younger generation of Turks and Caicos Islanders starting to make their mark on the country. The thousands of schoolchildren Jill and I have met across all the islands during the annual Footsteps4Good charity walk, and through the Cadets Corps, have an energy, enthusiasm and charm which could take TCI to a higher level. The country saw how one young man, Delano Williams, carried the baton, literally, at peak level in this year’s Olympics. He told me last month that he is determined, despite the setbacks, to continue to perform at world levels for the foreseeable future. I hope there may be a chance to see Delano compete again in London next year.As I continue to travel and work in Britain and other countries, I know that there will be plenty of opportunities to sing Turks and Caicos’s praises, and I hope to return to see my optimism translate into a confident, successful and caring country, whether it’s people choose to remain part of the UK, or eventually opt for an independent future.Thank you to everyone for letting Jill and me, and our daughters and grandchildren, share with you for three wonderful years a little piece of your country’s beauty, charm and purpose. Related Items:#footstepsforgood, #governorsaysgoodbyetotci, tci government need to sharpen public sector and retain open economylast_img read more

September 17, 2019 0

Mighty Columbia expected to hover near flood stage

first_imgThe Columbia River is expected to keep flowing mightily — but controlled — over the next several days, as plenty of melting snow runs into the system east of the Cascades, as Bonneville Dam operators manage their releases to minimize problems, and as the tides change.Only minor flooding in low-lying areas is forecast for the next several days, officials say. But they warn that the high-running river has especially strong currents and the water is very cold.As of late Thursday night, no major problems due to flooding had been reported, a 911 dispatcher said.The waves lapping at Clark County shores are expected to fluctuate around the official flood stage of 16 feet, according to a bulletin issued Thursday afternoon by Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency.At 9 p.m. Thursday, the level was 15.7 feet, said an official with the National Weather Service in Portland.Tonight, the river could rise to as much as one-quarter foot above flood stage, according to revised predictions. Levels below 16.5 feet are expected through Monday.As has been the case for several days, only areas of very low elevation are expected to take on significant water, CRESA said in the bulletin.last_img read more

September 16, 2019 0

IT layoffs Cognizant job cut plea closed in favour of retrenched employees

first_imgCognizantWikiMedia CommonsAfter days of confusion and numerous reports on how American IT giant Cognizant was laying off a large number of employees, the case has been closed in the favour of the retrenched employees and the company has been asked to hold discussions with the workers and come up with a solution.The relief comes after about eight employees had filed a plea with the labour department saying that Cognizant had sacked many of its employees on the basis of the annual performance appraisal.”We have closed the case in favour of affected employees and suggested the company management to continue everybody and hold one—on—one discussion to resolve the issue,” Telangana joint labour commissioner Chandra Shekaram told the Press Trust of India.Additionally, the labour department has also asked the company’s management to the give the employees an opportunity to prove themselves. “We have also advised the management to give all eight employees one more opportunity to prove their mettle,” he added.While the case has been closed in favour of the sacked employees, the labour department has asked the current employees not to resign as they will then lose their right to file any petition or move a court for the same. Out of the eight petitioners, three had resigned from the company and the labour department has asked them to withdraw the resignation.Meanwhile, Cognizant has once again said that it has not conducted any layoffs or forced anyone to resign. A spokesperson for the firm said that performance based appraisals are conducted every year and are in tune with industry standards.”Yesterday, a team from Cognizant met the joint commissioner of labour in Hyderabad,” the Cognizant spokesperson said. “We reiterated that allegations about employees being forced to resign are totally unfounded. Cognizant has not conducted any layoffs and changes resulting from the company’s performance review process are consistent with the standard practice that has been followed by the IT industry for many years.” Workers are pictured beneath clocks displays time zones in various parts of the world at an outsourcing centre in Bangalore, February 29, 2012.Reuters fileCognizant has said that it will hold talks with the employees and decide on further course of action. On the other hand, the labour department has said that in case the employees are not happy with Cognizant’s measures it will look into the matter and take suitable action.”If they revert to us, we will try to deal the case within the parameters of the Industrial Disputes Act and take stern action. If the company has been found violating, we will punish them,” Chandra Shekaram said. “Generally, it is not easy to terminate an employee.”Apart from the layoffs, Cognizant has also come under the scanner for its voluntary separation offer that it is said to be making to its employees. While the company has said that the package is on a voluntary basis and is completely up to the employees to take it up or not, the move hasn’t gone down well with many.Defending its voluntary separation package, Cognizant said that this is the first time that the company has introduced an offer like this, whereas other firms have been doing it for years.”As its name makes it clear, the VSP is voluntary. No one is required or even asked to participate. We believe, this programme benefits associates who have opted in and are seeking to make a change in their career,” Cognizant president Rajiv Mehta told the employees in a letter.last_img read more

September 5, 2019 0